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Lincolnshire Life June 2017 - Digital Copy


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Lincolnshire Life June 2017 - Digital Copy

Our beautiful county looks its vibrant green best this time of year. On my travels there is always one day when the new foliage and blossom combines to be picture perfect. It is these days which inspire me to make the most of the forthcoming summer and plan some excursions. In this packed issue I think we have found something for just about everyone to enjoy.

I am sure many of you will have followed the story of the Joseph Banks Conservatory which used to stand in the grounds of The Lawn in Lincoln. It has been given a new lease of life at Woodside Wildlife Park, opening as Endeavour, a 21st century journey tracing the travels of the county’s famous naturalist with Captain Cook. The story begins on page 94.

I spent a morning at Heckington Windmill to meet trustees and volunteers who were overseeing the finishing touches to a £1.7m scheme which has added a new visitor centre as well as other improvements to the site. The mill is the world’s only eight sailed working windmill and has been an iconic landmark for the village for nearly two centuries. Read more on page 106.

Sunshine triggers a dash for the coast by many of us. We have visited the bucket and spade resorts such as Skegness and Ingoldmells and looked behind what makes the twenty-two miles of coastline the third most visited destination in the UK.

Travel further along the coast where Grimsby and Cleethorpes are at the hub of the Humber, benefitting from investment and growth. An east coast mariner, Andy Burns, was recently appointed skipper of a team of amateur sailors in the Clipper 2017-18 round the World Yacht Race. If, like me, the mere thought of this makes you feel queasy, our story which begins on page 48 will fill you with admiration for the challenge they face.

Finally, the show season is in full swing this month. We have a taster in our Lincolnshire Show and Farming supplement of what the crowds can expect when they flock to the Grange de Lings showground on the 21st and 22nd. Lincolnshire Life will be hosting International Bomber Command Centre and musicians from North Hykeham Joint Schools Band on our stand. We are also at Brocklesby Country Show the Sunday before so whether you are attending one or both of these for a great family day out, do come and say ‘hello’.