As Farmers’ Weekly recently reported, Rural Affairs Minister Huw Irranca-Davies has estimated that the total agricultural holdings in England have now reached 14 million hectares. We should applaud the Minister on his success in increasing the agricultural land mass in England from its previous known size of 9.3million hectares in such a short period.
Huw Irranca-Davies was appointed Minister for Rural Affairs in October 2008. This means that on his current estimate the English farming land mass has increased by almost a million hectares per month! How long will it be before it doubles? Well, it looks as though we can confidently expect a result by Christmas.
Meanwhile in North East Herts, previous indications have been that the constituency contains 46,938 hectares. We’ll have to check to see if it has now increased in line with Huw’s estimates to a mighty 70,407! Anyone noticing significant land growth in their garden or allotment might like to comment.