Cheshire is fairly nondescript, as areas go. With its leafy expanses, moderate selection of shops and very average nightlife, it’s the epitome of plain. They are a trickle of visitors that come here every year, but it’s far from a big draw. Most of them come purely to see the renowned Cheshire escorts, and leave soon after. The train station enjoys a steady flow but it’s pretty much the only place that does.
Until now, that is. Suddenly, the rural world of hessian sacks, muddy boots and good, honest work is in vogue. So much so that the number of city dwellers applying for allotments has surged recently, leading many metropolitan gardens full of well meaning novices. The time of wizened old men wheezing over their gas stove after a hard morning’s pruning seem to be coming to an end. In their place, a new generation of middle class, 30 somethings in ‘robust’ dungarees, jeans and jumpers. Gloves are, of course, mandatory, except when the gardeners want to get that earthy feeling between their fingers. That’s part of the dream, the sensation of pulling up a fresh potato from the earth and wiping grime away, eyes glistening softly with pride and humility. Shame most newcomers don’t take many precautions and end up with large portions of their crop tainted by blight.
With this new fashion, areas like Cheshire, with their heavy focus on agriculture, are all the rage. Kent has the monopoly on the London crowd, but the people in the North that are looking to turn away from the cold grey concrete of the city have found their solace in a town just outside Manchester. If you had said two years ago that a change in tastes would lead to a simultaneous rise in demand for Cheshire escorts and cheese, you would probably be in a padded room before your eyes could even widen, but it happened. It’s a little contradictory to see the rough become the pleasure of the refined, however such a shift is definitely heartening. There is a lot of room for those working on tiny margins- farmers, jam makers, local shops etc- to delve into a market where markups and disposable incomes are much higher. The real question remains over whether this emerging market is a sustainable one or whether it will, like the organic bubble, burst in a few years when the novelty wears off and finances become tight once more.
There’s a growing appreciation for the rural