The Uk is the largest producer of peas for freezing in Europe, growing around 35,000 hectares- the equivalent of 70,000 football pitches.
The UK is 90% self sufficient in Peas thanks to a unique East facing seaboard which is ideally suited to pea production.
As the giant pea viners start rolling, growers up and down the east coast of England and Scotland are working hard to gather the crop during the short 10-week harvest season. With each harvester weighing in at over 26 tonnes, these gigantic machines are often mounted on tracks to reduce soil compaction.
Every year British consumers enjoy 150 million kgs of frozen peas, providing year-round health benefits as an important source of vitamins, protein, fibre and essential nutrients.
Pea production also offers significant environmental benefits. As a key part of the farming rotation, the pea break crop helps return Nitrogen to the soil and allows growers to reduce their fertiliser use for future cropping patterns. Planting peas act as a break crop and enables growers to cut back on weed control chemicals following the pea crop.
It is important that such a sector has proper promotion and representation of its specific interests and this is where we at British Growers offer a membership service to those in the Pea and Bean industry.
Our work is fully supportive of, and complementary to, the research work of PGRO and the Yes Peas! Promotion Campaign.
Alternatively contact Coral Russell from the British Growers Association on the number below.
BGA House, Nottingham Road, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 0WB, GB
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm