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Lincolnshire Life August 2016 - Digital Copy

I am sure, like myself, you have already noticed how the daylight hours are decreasing and it gives me extra incentive to pack as much as I can into my days. I think I would hibernate come the winter if I followed my natural body clock, so this month is all about making the most of glorious summer opportunities.

Our front cover image is from Doddington Hall where the biennial sculpture exhibition continues until the beginning of September. The hall and its grounds make a magnificent backdrop to hundreds of beautiful, thought provoking and masterful works of art by national and international artists.

I was lucky enough to visit Chelsea Flower Show in May and see the artisan garden created by Lincoln based landscape architect, Stephen Welch and his friend, collaborator and master florist Alison Doxey. I caught up with Stephen a couple of weeks ago to hear the story behind the garden and their nine month build up to winning an RHS Gold Medal. The feature begins on page 26.

Mike Webster and I took an Urban Herb Walk with Hannah Sylvester, The District Herbalist, around uphill Lincoln to discover how many medicinal plants and herbs are under our gaze as we hurry around the city’s streets. We began making finds in the Cathedral gardens but the real eye-opener for me was the gardens at St Paul in the Bail. Read more on page 38.

Our town visits this month are to Bourne, Brigg and the picturesque villages which line the Lincoln Cliff. It is always inspiring to read how local organisations are working to make the best of their opportunities, create an attractive offer for both residents and visitors and combat any decline which may be affecting their business community. As well as the town features we have a Best of Lincolnshire supplement which includes local food heroes and producers who are some of the best in their field. You do not need to travel far to support these local champions.

Talking of food heroes, there is more to entice your taste buds with recipes from Steve Bennett, a visit to Minting Park Farm, dining out at the Petwood Hotel, Lite Bites at Caffè Aurora and the opening of Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Lincoln.

Hope we help you make the most of your month.