HL Deb 12 July 2004 vol 663 cc131-2WA
Baroness Byford

asked Her Majesty's Government: How many acres of traditional orchards there were in each of the years 2000 to 2004; how many of these had dual use for grazing; and what percentage of that total for dual use was within the Stewardship Scheme. [HL3402]

Lord Whitty:

Data are not collected on traditional orchards or the area of orchards that are used for grazing. The June agricultural census gives the area of non-commercial and commercial orchards grown on holdings. Traditional orchards may fall into either of these categories. Provisional figures for June 2004 will he published in September 2004.

Area in hectares of orchards in England
Non-commercial Commercial
2000 3,331 22,479
2001 3,557 22,441
2002 3,365 20,250
2003 3,496 19,870


June agricultural census.


  1. The areas shown are the field area of the orchard, not the tree area.
  2. Non-commercial orchards are those where the fruit is not sold for any purpose.
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