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72235.  Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:38 am Reply with quote

North Yorkshire, not Kent, according to a survey by UKTV.

Kent county council was defiant about its status, listing cauliflowers and cabbages as new assets among the many garden crops it still supplies. A spokesman said: "We are happy to rest our case with Charles Dickens's comment, 'Kent, sir, everyone knows Kent. Apples, cherries, hops and women.' We also do the strawberries for Wimbledon."

David Andrews, chief executive of the Yorkshire Tourist Board said: "My commiserations to Kent but it isn't really fair to compare other areas in the country with North Yorkshire. We simply have the most varied and beautiful countryside in the UK.",,1787332,00.html

72252.  Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:07 am Reply with quote

Yorkshire, as any fule kno, is God's Own County.

72264.  Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:23 am Reply with quote

He can keep it as well.


72266.  Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:26 am Reply with quote

Too right! It's full of people like G. Boycott!


72271.  Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:31 am Reply with quote

Well, he lives in Dorset, but I know what you mean.

72286.  Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:51 am Reply with quote

He emigrated??? LOL



72311.  Thu Jun 01, 2006 12:08 pm Reply with quote

No, I'm not having it. Kent is the Garden of England.

Too much pollution in Kent? But not in Middlesbrough, apparently. (Traditionally in North Yorkshire, whatever the current interpretation of geography says.)

Too much traffic in Kent? Don't blame us, move France!

The Channel Tunnel Rail Link passes through Kent? Don't travel on it then.

Too many chavs? Shame on The Guardian for even mentioning such nonsense. You won't find many in Canterbury or Tenterden or Tunbridge Wells. Sure, you will in Chatham, but at least they are the real sort, not these wannabes who live in Essex, Surrey, Hertfordshire and just maybe even North Yorkshire. At least Chatham isn't full of Yorkshiremen ...

72317.  Thu Jun 01, 2006 12:21 pm Reply with quote

And Sussex is the nursing home ;-))

72345.  Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:09 pm Reply with quote

If England is a garden,
We ought to have more manure!
from "There are bad times just around the corner" - Noel Coward

gerontius grumpus
72413.  Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:02 am Reply with quote

Kent and the coastal plain of Sussex and Hampshire have been described as the garden of England in a market garden sense but I think the new poll means something different. More like an ornamental garden.

Perhaps they should have thought of a different title, since 'garden of England' was already taken.

72449.  Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:57 am Reply with quote

I agree gg, "the garden of england" moniker began when Henry VII enjoyed a particularly good portion of cherries. In other words, Kent was the area of england which provided excellent fruit and vegetables.

However, this meaning of "garden" is no doubt lost to a modern audience, and they chose N Yorks because it has the most greenery.

gerontius grumpus
72540.  Fri Jun 02, 2006 6:06 pm Reply with quote

Sowhere shallwe send the manure then?

73506.  Fri Jun 09, 2006 3:42 am Reply with quote

What about Herefordshire? Produces more hops than any other county including Kent, supplies many major supermarkets with fruit and veg, and you also can't forget the famous and venerable Hereford cattle - them's good eatin'.

If you're thinking along ornamental lines, Herefordshire has the Welsh mountains to the west for a nice view, the Golden Valley of the Wye to the south, and the Malverns to the east. (QI aside, you can draw a straight line from the Malverns eastward and you won't hit higher ground til you get to the Urals.) The countryside in between is also lovely.

So there.

gerontius grumpus
73521.  Fri Jun 09, 2006 5:56 am Reply with quote

That's undeniably true about Herefordshire, also about the area where Gloucestershire meets Herefordshire around Newent, Upleadon and Dymock with all the orchards and vinyards and the lovely rolling countryside.

74089.  Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:53 pm Reply with quote

Speaking as a 'Man of Kent' ( as opposed to those louts on the other side of the Medway - 'Kentish Men' )

'Kent, sir, everyone knows Kent. Apples, cherries, hops and women

After drinking all that beer made with the hops, followed by the cider from the apples (Remember the old saying "Beer on Cider is alright inside'yer, but cider on beer makes you awfully queer"), those women are soooo wonderful..... And as for the cherries - well they get lost very quickly !!!


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