June 2017 - Gardener's worlds

June 2017 - Gardener's worlds

In this issue

IF YOU’VE ever fancied a sneaky peek behind the garden gates of some of Wiltshire’s most beautiful gardens, this issue is for you. In celebration of the National Gardens Scheme’s 90th anniversary, we visit some beautiful plots, including Job’s Mill near Warminster and 15 diverse gardens in the gorgeous village of Steeple Ashton. We also meet Pink Floyd’s drummer, Nick Mason and his wife, Annette Lynton Mason, ahead of their June garden opening. Expect peonies and petrolhead mania. Chris Cole is back with an exploration of the romantic named holiday trains of the past; Simon Heptinstall continues his literary tour series in Aldbourne; while Village Life is in Durrington and Bulford, and Down Your Way explores the three-festival town of Corsham. There’s a preview of festivals, from the arts to history, while Issues That Matter asks: do we need a merged police force? My Wiltshire is by Pride of Britain Hotels CEO, Peter Hancock, a witty raconteur, while last but most definitely not least, our centre pages are given over to the small things in life, bugs. Enjoy this and much more in your June issue…

From the editor

Ever wondered what’s bugging you? See our spotter’s guide to bugs for the definitive answer. Visiting gardens at this time of the year is a great pastime and one that many of us enjoy. In the June 2017 issue, we really push the boat out so you can go through the garden gate to many usually secret destinations. We also visit Corsham, a town that is very dear to me and to millions of period drama fans across the world. I was also pleased to invite the CEO of Pride of Britain Hotels (Lucknam Park, Whatley Manor, the Nare Hotel etc) to write My Wiltshire this month, while a chat with Annette Lynton Mason and husband Nick Mason (of Pink Floyd) is a talking point. Finally, we meet a traditional longbow maker, a true artisan…Enjoy! Claire Waring, Editor, Wiltshire Life