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  • Sticks & Stones

    Sticks and Stones is a stylish, lifestyle shop wrapped around a cosy and relaxed café alongside the Woodborough Garden Centre, ...»

  • Sticks & Stones

    Sticks and Stones is a stylish, lifestyle shop wrapped around a cosy and relaxed café alongside the Woodborough Garden Centre, ...»

  • Marlborough Literature Festival

    Founded in 2010 by volunteers keen to celebrate fine writing, Marlborough Literature festival is held annually in the last week of September...»

  • Overtown Manor

    Overtown Manor is a unique Bed and Breakfast and business meeting venue, situated just minutes from the M4 at Swindon...»

  • Barbury Races

    Racehorses have been trained around Barbury for over a century & the wider area is a haven for lovers of fast horses. Holding four Point to Point meetings a year, ...»

  • Marlborough College Summer School

    In 1978, thanks to an air traffic controller’s strike, the presenters from the BBC “Holiday” programme had to cancel their planned trip to Spain...»

  • Love Food

    Lucinda Bevan is a nutritional therapist with a keen interest in the brain. She runs lively and informative nutritional cookery demonstrations...»

Healthy Spring Food

Lucinda Bevan

26 February 2019

Longer days at last, spring is springing we hope although you never know what's around the corner! Fear not regardless of freezing temperatures at night the buds are bursting through, the sun is giving out some warmth, we will soon have the first crop of delicious spring vegetables.  At this time of year we crave lighter fresher foods, our need for heavier warming foods diminish. Typically we want to spring clean our houses equally we feel the need to cleanse our bodies.  Spring is the natural time to cleanse, to rid the body of impurities built up over the winter months, you can do this simply and gently yourselves by eating the ‘right’ foods.  • Wild foods like dandelion, nettles, wild garlic and wild sorrel support the liver, that amazing organ that has so many functions particularly that of detoxification. Pick the young fresh leaves, steam, blanch or eat raw. Pestos and dressings are fantastic. • Include lots of fresh vibrant greens including kale, watercress, purple sprouting broccoli and spring greens all stuffed full of vitamin C helping to support the immune system. • Eat good quality proteins, it’s worth spending a little more on meat and fish knowing they come from sustainable sources. • Include grains such as spelt, amaranth, wild rice and quinoa avoiding refined foods.    Pesto Good bunch wild garlic 60g cashews – lightly roasted Dijon mustard Rapeseed oil Extra virgin olive oil Lemon juice   Simply whiz all the pesto ingredients together, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. So good served with roasted vegetables, drizzled over steamed fresh greens. Lucinda Bevan is a nutritional therapist & chef with a keen interest in the brain. She provides one to one consultation, advises businesses & restaurants on nutrition and runs lively and informative nutritional cookery demonstrations. Next courses are 'Feed the Family' on Wednesday 3rd March and 'Nutrition' on Thursday 21st March. www.lovefood.uk.com  

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Helping our wildlife

Sam Bertram

26 February 2019

The environmental challenge facing us is big but there’s much we can do close to home to help. We spoke to Paul from Meadow in my Garden, a Devizes business that not only creates wild flower seed mixes to attract pollinators to gardens but is driving change by educating people about the small steps they can take towards improving our environment. What would you say to people who feel the challenge is too great? ‘We’ve lost more than half of our wildlife in our lifetime so there is no option, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Our seed mixtures are like a food store for pollinators. Not having a big garden is no excuse. Even if you have the smallest bit of patio you can do an awful lot for pollinating insects. We have a very simple mixture called floral planter that is suitable for window boxes, doesn’t grow too tall and is extremely tolerant. The pollinators will love it and the display is beautiful.  We all need to do our bit so that the environment can be preserved for our children and future generations’. How should people change their thinking? ‘We need to think about how we can be kinder to our environment and that everything has a benefit. Do we really have to use pesticides or should we be looking at thinning weeds rather than eliminating them? Every bug and weed has a role too and we need to think about how we can be more sympathetic to our world. Every spoonful of soil has more living organisms than there are humans on the planet’  What about our public spaces? ‘There is so much we can do in our towns and cities. Roundabouts and verges, in fact any unloved space is perfect for planting wild flowers. Not only does it fill the spaces with an abundance of colourful, beneficial flowers but it can be a really low cost, low maintenance option. The Clean up group in Devizes started because of the build-up of rubbish in the town. Together with them we started with planting one roundabout last year and hope to extend it.  CURDS (Clean up Roundway and Devizes squad) is run by Zena Robson. If interested in joining the group visit Devizes in Bloom on Facebook to see their next meeting dates. We work nationally with lots of groups such as Team4Nature and would love to chat to anyone willing to help make our public spaces better for wildlife. If you see a space that could be better utilised get in touch with us. We also love to do talks for garden clubs, WI meetings and the like. We’re happy to give seeds to any worthy cause’. Tell us a bit more about your seeds ‘We have a comprehensive range of seed mixes that all have a different focus. While some are good for providing butterfly habitats, others are good for sowing under trees. Some can be used for pest control in an allotment, whereas others are a food source for bees, which is great for gardens but also good if you’re a beekeeper. They are an incredibly low maintenance way of filling space with flowers that give a profusion of colour right through the season and help wildlife.’ http://www.meadowinmygarden.co.uk/  

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Lucky winner

Lucky winner

One lucky person won four tickets for the Vine & Craven Point-to-Point at Barbury on Sunday 10th February

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