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Office workers take time off to pick fruit

Your idea of a good holiday might be lounging around the swimming pool or sunning yourself on the beach … but growing numbers of office workers are choosing to spend their time off picking fruit at harvest time.

In an effort to end their reliance on overseas workers, vineyards are marketing "working holidays" where people can "reconnect with the countryside" and enjoy the "camaraderie" of farm life.

Chloe Keedy has been finding out more.


Millionaire transforms TV's "Darling Buds" farm into 'perfick' wedding venue

Among the many millions of viewers who watched ITV series The Darling Buds of May - set on a Kent farm in the 1950s - was a young businessman who went on to make a fortune from internet marketing. And when Simon Coulson saw that the farm - in Bethersden near Ashford - was up for sale he decided to buy a piece of TV history. His efforts have been so successful, as Pop Larkin might have said, it calls for a cocktail. John Ryall's been to take a look.

Thousands of people attending Great Dorset Steam Fair

Almost a quarter of a million people from all over the country are set to visit the Great Dorset Steam Fair this weekend.

The annual event in Tarrant Hinton showcases a range of steam-powered vehicles and machinery.

Longest and highest 'tree-top walkway' opens in Kent

The country's longest and highest 'tree-top walkway' has opened in Kent.

The rope and net construction at Groombridge Place, near Tunbridge Wells, stands 20m above the forest floor at its height - and runs for 350m through Oak, Beech, Chestnut trees and Pine.

Caroline Edmunds explains.

Farmers worried about cheap imports

It's an industry described as the backbone of our region - employing more than 50,000 people.

But farmers in the South are warning the Government that food standards will be put at risk - if new trade deals allow an influx of cheap imports from other countries.

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