March 2020 - Spring is here!

March 2020 - Spring is here!

In this issue

Ram Thiagarajah tells us about community, voluntary work and his love for Swindon. We meet Colonel Andrew Dawes CBE. Mary-Vere Parr visits Manor Farm in Broad Chalke to talk soil health, conservation, and animals. Anne Holland gets to know some of the people involved in establishing the success of racing at Barbury Castle. Neil Henty meets Danny Kruger, MP for Devizes to talk about his ambitions for the area. Jane Gifford visits Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury to find out how the ‘next generation’ are maintaining the spirit of the place. The county has become a stronghold of the corn bunting thanks to its farmers but, Morag Walker asks, could this welcome success soon be put at jeopardy? Michael Marshman visits the lost landscapes of the county. Tim Saunders meets award-winning ceramicist and sculptor Liz Watts. Georgie Green heads north of Marlborough to visit the Ogbournes.

From the editor

There are so many treasures still awaiting discovery by anyone with the curiosity to seek them out and we will always do our best to help you find them. Often, these 'treasures' come to light after many years of being hidden away. Such was the case with the Five Mile Chapel near Corsham, which featured in our December 2018 issue. This month, Fiona Scott highlights the conservation work taking place at a small church in a suburb of Swindon that is beginning to reveal a very rich and varied history through treasures once thought lost. Elsewhere in the issue we visit Corsham to talk to Nicola White of Previous Homewares to find out about the independent shops that give the town's high street such character, and finds out why independents are the key to thriving towns. And what a beautiful cover! Daffodils are such a welcome sign of spring and help to brighten any garden, park, verge or shop!