This will come as a shock – particularly to readers who over the years have dithered, questioning whether or not to renew their subscription only to be drawn back by the reliable and irresistible gravity of this column. But truth will out – and in the end a clean breast is easier to live with than a glossy reputation.

Some 45 years ago I ran a proud patch of lawn whose clandestine contours allowed me to maintain an unbroken record in the house version of bowls. I saw an encroachment of moss. I treated it with… well ...with mercurised lawn-sand. Mercurised. Within hours the scorched grass was ...


There are approximately 639 more words in this article.

To read the rest of this article, please buy this issue, or join the Resurgence Trust. As a member you will receive access to the complete archive of magazines from May 1966.

Buy Issue Join Us

If you are already a member, please Sign in