South East

South East

Lowlands characterise the South East. These areas are made up of sedimentary rock and clays, forming flat agricultural plains.
Crops being drilled in Oxfordshire. iStock.com/Paul Brown

Place

As one of the regions least affected by polar air masses, the South East typically enjoys warm and dry summers, making it ideal for fruit growing. Consequently, more than 44% of England's top fruit and half its small fruit are grown here.

Production

The proximity of London has provided trading opportunities for farmers, through markets, and providing produce for hotels and restaurants in the city. Many producers in the South East have lowland grazing livestock and 30% of the region's farmed area is grassland.

People

More than 47,000 people work on the region’s 13,200 farms and the region has the second largest amount of lowland grazing in England, with more than 220,000 hectares used.

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Editorial statistics sourced from Defra's current data set.
Data for workforce proportions taken from TIAH's own labour market information research.