Friday, 06 August 2021

Proliferation of purple opium poppies

Sir, — Have other readers noticed the proliferation of opium poppies in Oxfordshire fields in the last few years?

Sir, — Have other readers noticed the proliferation of opium poppies in Oxfordshire fields in the last few years?

If so, I thought this one I took in a field near Swyncombe with a rather dramatic sky may be of interest. — Yours faithfully,

Terry Allsop

Ewelme

The editor comments: “I understand that hundreds of acres of poppies in Oxfordshire have been harvested for the production of morphine in medicines and pain-killing drugs.

“There are a number of farms growing poppies for a drug company under licence to the Home Office. Their locations are kept secret for obvious reasons.”

Sir, — My children found a soft toy lion in a very sorry state down by the river.

We’ve given him a wash and wondered if there’s a very sad owner out there?

If so, you can contact me via the Henley Standard. — Yours faithfully,

Sarah-Kate Beaumont

Sir, — This rust bucket, together with the associated disgusting mess surrounding its base, stands on the pavement outside the Hobbs of Henley office in Station Road.

Maybe it should be moved to the town centre to adorn the other filthy pavements.

Why is this permitted in our beautiful town? — Yours faithfully,

James Stoner

Wyndale Close, Henley

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