Published: 01/12/2005 Volume 115 No. 5984 Page 19

Professor Liz Meerabeau, head, school of health and social care, Greenwich University

I take it that David Amos is not a gardener (Working lives, page 34, 10 November)? Chepstow probably cancelled its racing because leatherjackets, also known as daddy longlegs' larvae, damaged the turf.