West Midlands

West Midlands

Despite the rolling hills, the West Midlands region is predominantly lowland area made up of sandstone, clay and underlying coal, giving the land a rich red colour.
Salad crops in Shropshire. iStock.com/Caroline Anderson


The longest river in the UK – the Severn – winds its way through the region and many of the pastures are home to grazing livestock.


In fact, predominant farm types in the West Midlands region are cereals, which accounted for 27% of the region's total farmed area in 2022, and grazing livestock at 26%. Plenty of fruit and hops are grown in the West Midlands and the region is known for its cider and perry making.


The West Midlands employs 41,275 workers across more than 14,000 farms.

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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.