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Market Analysis: Horticultural Land Use In Wales

25 November 2013

The Welsh Government has recently released the latest figures from its annual survey of Welsh agriculture. 

Trees and fields stock (1000px * 750px)Carried out in June 2012 at regional and small area level, the study asks a sample of holdings about land usage, livestock numbers, and agricultural labour and makes estimates for the whole of Wales based on this sample. While it is well recognised that the true level of horticultural activity in Wales is under-represented by the research, it does nonetheless provide an indication of levels of activity which can be compared year-on-year.

So what about the latest statistics?

 

The results show land use for horticulture for the seven agricultural regions of Wales, along with 235 Agricultural Small Areas, as defined by the Welsh Government. 

Over a third of all land used for horticulture is located in the South Wales region (Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Newport). 

Taking averages from the last five years, Agricultural Small Areas with the highest total of horticultural use were located in Flintshire on the English-Welsh border, in Monmouthshire on the English-Welsh border, on and around the Gower peninsula, the south Pembrokeshire area and the south-west coastal regions of the Vale of Glamorgan.

The regions of South Wales and Powys show the strongest growth in horticulture in the last five years.

Hectares of land used for horticulture in Wales 2002-2012

MA Horticulture Land Use (592px * 489px)

Source: Welsh Agricultural Small Area Statistics (SB102/2013)

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