I am delighted that Young country diary (5 June) is to be a regular feature. It is encouraging that there are places like Deen City Farm where young people can learn about animal husbandry. Here in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, our last municipal farms are under threat. In 2018, two farms were removed from the green belt for housing. As food security is important for the country, it seems shortsighted to remove opportunities for young people to get a foot on the farming ladder.
Re kitchen gadgets (10 kitchen gadgets you really don’t need – from garlic presses to spiralizers, 8 June), it’s been years since I disposed of the ice-cream, yoghurt and bread makers, coffee grinders and food processors. But not the honey dipper. Useless for honey, but a fabulous aid for teething (sans honey). Each of our four lovely grandchildren used it – it’s just the right weight and design for little fingers to hold and chew.
Batley, West Yorkshire
Si Toft’s recipe for focaccia (G2, 8 June) is worth the price of the paper alone. Delicious!
St Ives, Cambridgeshire
I’d like to thank the letters team for reminding me to visit the other end of my boat to see what the crew’s up to (Letters, 8 June).
Gordon Bennett, Llangollen canal
I noticed the change in the quality of the paper as soon as I picked it up (Letters, 8 June). I approve. And the compost didn’t soak through as quickly, which is a bonus.