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Lincolnshire Life May 2016 - Digital Copy


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Lincolnshire Life May 2016 - Digital Copy

I think May is my favourite month, especially in the garden and countryside. The greens are so vibrant in the hedgerows and trees and some of my favourite flowering shrubs come into bloom.

I am sure many of you will be planning projects for your gardens but not all on the scale of a nursery I visited in Barrow upon Humber.
It was not exactly a glorious spring day when I went to visit Pam Finnis at Goosemans Growers but nevertheless, what a delight it was to look round a business which has sprung up in the back garden of a family home over the past three years.

I have called it a plantsperson’s heaven and when you read my article on page 40 you will understand why.

I went to London to interview David P J Ross, businessman and sponsor of the new Magna Carta Vault at Lincoln Castle. I went to talk about his philanthropic work but especially the David Ross Education Trust. The charity incorporates over thirty academies across Lincolnshire and three other counties under its wing and has made a considerable impact, improving educational opportunities for pupils and their local communities. Read more on page 102.

The story is part of an extensive education feature included in this issue. Whatever the age of your child, it is never too soon to be looking at first steps or the next stage in their learning so turn to page 105 to read more about the exciting possibilities and options available.

Louth is a delight to visit at any time of the year and our Talk of the Town this month takes us to the ‘Gateway to the Wolds’. Our second feature takes us to Boston, which is working to encourage small business growth – businesses just like Charlotte’s Threads, established by a talented costume and fashion designer. Wendy Deame interviewed Charlotte Thorn to hear about her career to date.

Historically, Boston was a major port at the time of the Northern Renaissance. Jane Keightley’s article on page 136 tells of this boom in trade and influence and how Boston has joined a present day alliance, the Hanse Group, to restore some of those links in the twenty-first century.

I have given you just a brief taste of what is in store in this month’s issue. I hope it helps you make the most of a super May in our county.