SIR – Having just completed the first mow of our acre or so of grass, I join William Sitwell (Features, March 10) in his eulogy for mowing.
I’d like to reassure Monty Don (report, March 9) that we mowing enthusiasts are not destroyers. We leave large areas for wild flowers, such as fritillaries and orchids.
I would also add that mowing is not just a man thing.
SIR – I remember being taught to use a petrol mower, my father’s pride and joy; teaching my son to drive my first ride-on tractor, and seeing the results of my efforts where birds pecked and grandchildren played.
I do also have land turned over to plants and trees, and areas of wild flowers to feed my neighbour’s bees.
I am about to cut my lawn for the first time this year. I can’t wait.
The Census ignores work done by volunteers
SIR – I was surprised by all the data on employment that the Census requires. There was nothing on unpaid work.
Britain’s charitable and voluntary sector keeps afloat many areas such as foodbanks, help for the homeless, the environment and the arts. It is a crucial element of our national output.
SIR – John Edlington (Letters, March 12) is right that the Census should be done by March 21, or soon after. But you can submit it before if you know who will be in your household on that day.
SIR – R I Monteith (Letters,…