The area of fruit trees in the Netherlands has been around 19 thousand hectares for five years now. In the 1990s the area was around 23 thousand hectares.
The diminishing area of apple trees accounts for the reduction in the area of fruit trees. Before the turn of the century, two-thirds of fruit orchards consisted of apple trees. In 2007 this is only half. The area of pear trees on the other hand, has continued its slight increase.
Area of fruit trees