December 2020 - Salisbury cathedral in the limelight

December 2020 - Salisbury cathedral in the limelight

In this issue

We look towards the festive season discovering the growing tradition of Christmas trees on the Bowood Estate, how years of care and nurturing results in trees for the main house, the local school and for Calne town centre; Salisbury inventor, Richard Browning is defying gravity with his flying suit which has the potential to save lives; we meet Oliver Akers Douglas an artist who is at one with the elements, creating breath-taking artwork direct from the chalk downlands ; farmer John Reis shares his love for the county he discovered as a young boy; publisher Mark Allen explains the story behind his first novel; we discover what it takes to be granted a Royal Warrant; celebrated chef, Rick Stein reveals why he is re-launching his restaurant in Marlborough; We reflect on winters of the past and how a winter wonderland is not always what we should wish for; the county's food experts share delicious seasonal recipes, wines and festive tips perfect for entertaining at home.

From the editor

Life is very much still under the shadow of the corona virus, we may not share Christmas Day and the usual festivities with our families and loved ones in the way that we are used to, but there is still so much that we can celebrate. When we look back over the past few months, it has been a time to appreciate the importance of more simple things in life, such as human kindness, community spirit and time spent communicating with the people we share our streets, towns and villages with. In this issue, florist Lucy Cook explains how to make stunning decorations for the home by using greenery from your garden and hedgerow (remember to leave plenty for wildlife) the perfect excuse to head outside and connect with the natural world. Wishing you a peaceful, happy and healthy Christmas.