ACHING FOR ACRES

Countryfile Magazine - - Lazy Days -

Why has the foot­ball pitch be­come a unit of mea­sure­ment (Oc­to­ber is­sue, Moor­land Res­cue)? Surely coun­try peo­ple can vi­su­alise an acre more eas­ily than a foot­ball pitch? I know I can.

There was usu­ally a good rea­son for the his­tor­i­cal mea­sure­ment, based on the day’s work of man and horse and, al­though trac­tor and com­bine har­vester have changed pro­duc­tiv­ity, old habits die hard.

When we achieve Brexit, will we re­turn to acres rather than hectares? And what about restor­ing the rod, pole or perch, as re­cited in my school days only 80 years ago? We could also have chains – 22 yards – for the ben­e­fit of crick­eters, not foot­ballers!

Daphne Tighe Mere, Wilt­shire

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