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Lincolnshire Life October 2013 - Digital Copy

We really have entered the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ rather suddenly this year but I am sure you have all noticed the hedgerows laden with berries and fruit. This bountiful harvest has also, thank goodness, not escaped most of our arable crops. Indeed one Lincolnshire farmer, Tim Lamyman who farms at Worlaby, near Louth, has broken the UK wheat yield record. We include a feature about Tim’s Worlaby Shoot by Richard Gray on page 138.

It hasn’t been the same for everyone but our Farming Life supplement, which is included this month, begins by asking the question: what will be the shape of Future Farming with no prospect of a slowdown of national and global demand for food?

I went to Doddington Hall to meet Luke Birch, who with a childhood friend, Jamie Sparks, is planning to row the Atlantic in a couple of months’ time. Although they will not set sail from the Canaries until 2nd December I went along to see some of their final preparations in the UK. I also talked to Luke’s mother, Claire Birch about their ambitious target of raising £100,000 for Breast Cancer Care.

When I was looking through some of this month’s pages at the proofing stage it struck me how beautifully we have captured the golden, glowing colours of a Lincolnshire autumn. Steffie Shields looks at the wonderful contribution varieties of dogwood can make in the garden, while John Bennett guides us along the second stage of a walk beside the Witham; not forgetting our front cover image of RAF College Cranwell.

We have plenty of food reviews and news for you this month, as well as a feature about the newly opened Wimberley Hall Farm Shop. The votes for our County Cuisine Awards are now all in, so after a final count we shall be giving the judges the shortlists and their work will begin.

I must finally wish you all a very happy Lincolnshire Day for 1st October. There is no better way to celebrate than by tucking into some great Lincolnshire produce and we have recipes to help you prepare your feast. I know there are many events planned around the county and if you need Lincolnshire Flag merchandise for your celebrations, don’t forget to look in the shop on our website.

Wishing you a very enjoyable October.