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A letter from the Weald of Kent On changing clocks, Folkestone and the future of agriculture

The Farmer

Summer's day at Folkestone Harbour Kent England


Dear Editor,

We have entered the season of early, dark nights. Some enjoy closing the curtains, lighting the fires and settling in for the evening: some pine for the longer days and more time outside in the light. Winter months support the former group but I do wonder why we wait so long to embrace our Summer Time. No need to wait until late March. We could gain so much by offering longer evenings. Gardens, sporting activities, fitness and recreation would benefit. Our hop stringer, working overtime putting up acres of string in preparation for the new growth of the plant that rises 14 feet in 4 months, always comments to me that we are denying ourselves more ‘light time’ by changing the clocks so late. New Zealand have moved the dates to the advantage of summer at both ends of the calendar. I suggested it to my local MP but as he is one of the infamous 15 Tories on the front page of the Telegraph recently, he has rather more on his mind at present.

The Farmer

About Nigel Wheeler

Nigel Wheeler

Nigel Wheeler was born into a hop and fruit growing Kentish family. He served as a schoolmaster in UK and New Zealand. He is a former magistrate and High Sheriff of Kent. He is an avid follower of sport, theatre and fine ale.

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