ARCHIVE: Countryside Maintenance and Management
Countryside Maintenance and Management: Results from the Farm Business Survey, 2008/09
The latest National Statistics produced by Defra on countryside maintenance and management were released on 8th June 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. These are sourced from the Farm Business Survey. This release shows the results from the 2008/09 Farm Business Survey which covers the 2008 harvest. The results cover which environmental activities are being carried out and the costs associated with these activities.
The latest data relates to 2008/2009
The key points from this release are:
- Over 51,000 farms (almost 90% of the overall population) undertook some countryside maintenance and management activities. This included almost all cereal farms (98%).
- High performing general cropping type farms are more likely to undertake management activities and low performing mixed farms are less likely to undertake management activities.
- Total costs for countryside maintenance and management activities were £72m in 2008/09, equivalent to 3% of total farm business income (‘profit’) in that year.
- The highest costs (at £25.3m) were recorded on farms where cereals were the main activity with the second highest spending on mixed farms.
- 70% of farms undertaking countryside maintenance and management activities recorded an associated cost.
- Activities connected with boundary features (hedges, walls and ditches) made up the biggest proportion of costs at £45.1m.
Geographic Breakdown: Regional
Next release date: TBA
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Page last modified: 20 October, 2010
Page published: 3 June, 2010