…To another bumper issue of Lincolnshire Life.
It has been wonderful to bask in the recent sunshine and fingers crossed for more of the same during the summer holidays. We have a section in this issue highlighting What’s On in the county. There are our regular Diary pages of exhibitions, shows and performances and also plenty of ideas for family days out. Grab that opportunity to discover the county by bicycle, walk the Wolds with alpacas or visit the coast to meet wildlife up close. Read more from page 100 onwards.
If you have driven through Dunston recently you will have seen the colourful village Yarn Bomb. The work of the industrious knitters and crocheters of the local sewing group decorates prominent landmarks and locations to raise awareness of domestic abuse, an issue which has been magnified during the pandemic. The displays will be on show until the end of August, so do go along and walk around as I did during my visit to really see the detail and great fun of the work at close hand.
Keeping their neighbourhood looking as attractive and litter-free as possible was the ambition of a group of four friends from Spalding. Kate Chapman heard how this has now grown into a thriving community group of ‘Wombles’. The story begins on page 38.
Steffie Shields and I have both made garden visits in the past month. Steffie went to meet Jonathan Sheppard of Brant Broughton who is the keeper of two nationally important collections of Alcea and Cosmos bipinnatus. Read more on page 26. I visited Brightwater Gardens near Saxby, in search of native wild orchids. It has taken nearly a decade for the orchids to become well established but the sloped wildflower meadows were packed with slipper, pyramid, spotted and common varieties. This month the prairie borders at Brightwater will be in full bloom and are open to the public so do go along and explore this 21st-century garden of ‘rooms’.
Finally, Lincolnshire Life will be attending LincsFest at Lincolnshire Showground on Sunday 15th August. It will be an action-packed family day out featuring locally sourced food and drink, open air performances, countryside activities, crafts and farm animals. We look forward to seeing you there.
Enjoy a wonderful August.