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October 2017 - Bowood's family trees: A true treasure trail

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Wiltshire Life has got its ‘head in the clouds’ this month, although it’s not an expression that finds any favour with interviewee Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society. Inside the October issue, you’ll find a spotter’s guide to 12 cloud types to get you started. Gavin finds clouds magical and wants to impart his joy to us. Head in the clouds? Yes, but only in the most revealing and majestic way. We also preview Marlborough LitFest with some fantastic articles by authors appearing at the event; plus we find out more about vintage buses and the Warminster Thing in Down Your Way and take our pick of the market gardens in Bromham in Village Life. Our beautiful cover shows the incredible arboretum at Bowood House and Gardens, to which Lord Lansdowne has been adding specimen trees over the years. You could mistake it for Stourhead in autumn… The editor also meets a traffic structures and systems manager who is also a Viking. We’ve got all your favourites too.

From the editor

It has been my pleasure this month to meet a host of fascinating people, from the founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, to a large as life Viking from Ludgershall. The Early Early Christmas Fair is a great event and is offering free valuations this year. With gifts for everyone, a proportion of every penny you spend goes to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. I also love our article on upcycling which has a few tips to help you have a go yourself. Have fun with our cloud-spotter’s guide and until next time…