Soft fruit growing areas well above ten-year average
Over the past year, the total soft fruit growing areas increased by seven per cent. The estimated total area was 2,200 hectares. This is 14 per cent higher than the ten-year average. Strawberries are the most popular grown fruit, followed by blackcurrants and raspberries.
Area of soft fruit
Most fruit is grown under cover in either glasshouses or walk-in plastic structures called 'Poly-tunnels'. This allows for a much longer growing season and almost 77 per cent was grown this way in 2020.
The area used to grow strawberries, blackcurrants and other soft fruits, such as blueberries and tomatoes, increased.
The area used to grow raspberries, which require the most skilled pickers, continues to fall.