Let me dispense with the formalities. I love Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. He is one of the few people with a stranger surname than mine, and he inspires me at many levels.
Amongst our female family members, he is affectionately referred to as “St Hugh of Whittingstall” – If you are reading this Hugh, please take this as the most sincere of compliments.
Frivolity to one side, he seems to have effortlessly captured the essence of the British desire to “grow their own” with the inspired LANDSHARE scheme. This is one of many initiatives to afford people to grow their own produce who would not ordinarily be able to do so.The Church of England and the National Trust are helping to facilitate this need.
I was fortunate enough to acquire a portion of railway embankment by “enclosing” it along with my neighbours many years ago. It cost us nothing and was encouraged by British Rail – It was almost a gentleman’s agreement. How very British.
As I now own a very generously sized garden, it is easy to overlook the fact that so many people have nothing. Growing your own is such an uplifting experience and is enjoyed by all ages – The scenes in tonight’s programme of the family groups getting stuck in on their new veggie plots accents the positive of this scheme. It provides, unites and educates. Well done Hugh!
To read about Hugh’s new book Everyday click here.