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KM Column - Strawberries - 11 July 2019

Sadly, we are only a few days away from the end of one of our country’s favourite sporting events. Yes, that’s right, if you haven’t been watching the news, or reading the newspaper recently, it’s Wimbledon. Of course, there are many people who don’t like tennis or people like me, who don’t quite understand the rules. But I’m sure we can all agree on one thing, that it epitomises a quintessential British summer. Summer hasn’t started until the first ball’s been volleyed.

One of the most important elements of that, are the famous strawberries and cream that are enjoyed by many of the Championship’s visitors. Some may say, a rite of passage. They’re renowned for their colour, juice and flavour and that is down to their fantastic growers and the brilliant land their grown on, based right here in our back yard.

Hugh Lowe Farms based in Mereworth supply almost 30,000kg of strawberries to Wimbledon every year and we should be incredibly proud of the representation they make for fine Kentish produce at such a high-profile event.

Of course, it’s not just Wimbledon that our locally grown produce has made an appearance, and award-winning strawberries grown just down the road at East Malling Research have flooded our supermarkets over the past few weeks.  

We are lucky to have to have such great farms and produce grown nearby, having travelled only a short distance and being grown in our own community. Having visited both many times, I know just how hard everyone works to achieve the perfect strawberries that they both produce and I look forward to eating many of them over the next few weeks. 

Georgie Welford