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Land Use

The South West covers a total physical land area of 2.3 million hectares (ha) of which half is grassland. The second largest use of land is arable and horticulture, covering 23% of the total land area. Urban (built up) areas cover around 10%.

Table 17 summarises land cover in the South West, in 2001.

Table 17
Land cover in the South West, in 2001
 
Land cover type Total land area (hectares) % of total land area
Total land area 2,345,043 100%
of which…  
Woodland 293,009 12%
Arable & horticulture 536,572 23%
Grassland 1,173,462 50%
Dwarf shrub heath 33,275 1%
Fen, marsh, swamp & bog 18,941 1%
Water & canals 7,934 0.3%
Inland rock 2,093 0.1%
Built up areas 240,834 10%
Rock & sediment 38,923 2%
 
Source: ONS, 2001a