Kent in south east England is one of the Home Counties and is called “The Garden of England” because of its hop gardens and orchards. There is archaeological evidence that the area that is now Kent has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age) period. There are also remains of Roman villas in the county and it is believed that the name Kent comes from Cantus, the Brythonic word, meaning ‘rim’ or border’ which aptly describes Kent’s geographical location as it is on the coast.
Most people associate hops with brewing, but they also have other uses. The tender young shoots can be eaten as a vegetable, for example, and hops can be found in sleep pillows and indeed they have a sedative effect especially when combined with valerian and lemon balm in a tisane.
When hops were first introduced to the UK they caused some controversy with Henry VIII’s parliament decrying them as a “wicked weed that would spoil the taste of the drink and endanger the people.” The king forbade the addition of both hops and sulphur to ale in 1524, although by 1536, the hop was described as “notable, healthy and temperate”. In those days people in Britain drank ale which was brewed with herbs and there’s a saying to reflect this: “Hops for beer and herbs for Ale”. In 1670 John Evelyn (31 October 1620 – 27 February 1706) the English writer and gardener had this to say about the poor hop: “Hops transmuted our wholesome ale into beer, which doubtless much alters its constitution. This one ingredient, by some suspected not unworthily, preserves the drink indeed, but repays the pleasure in tormenting diseases and a shorter life.”
Accidents in the agricultural sector
If you work in the agricultural sector you will know how dangerous it can be. Many people have an idyllic picture of life on a farm and probably don’t realise that this sector of industry is one of the most dangerous. Animals can be spooked and seriously hurt or even kill workers and farm machinery is heavy with perhaps sharp blades which could sever a limb if a worker does not adhere to the health and safety regulations regarding maintenance and so on.
Finding an Accident Solicitor in Kent
If you have an accident on a farm, either as a member of the public, or a worker, then you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation from the farmer. You will need an Accident Solicitor in Kent to assist you and that solicitor should be experienced in handling claims such as yours.
You can discuss your reasons for wishing to make a claim for injuries with an Accident Solicitor in Kent and he or she will tell you whether or not you have grounds on which to base a claim. An accident solicitor in Kent who specialises in handling claims such as yours may be difficult to find, so if you need help, call us at Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline
Call us at any time for expert legal advice about your potential claim on one of our freephone numbers. From a landline call 0800 689 0500, or from a mobile, 0333 500 0993. Why not call now?
Date Published: 18th October 2014