The perfect retreat

Wiltshire Times: Calcot Manor

9:14am Thursday 4th December 2008

Katie Adams indulges in some R&R at Calcot Spa.

Making a meal of Mutton

Wiltshire Times: Leg of mutton

9:20am Thursday 4th December 2008

Sheepdrove Organic Farm’s Russell Downing discusses this rather unusual meat.

The long and winding road

Wiltshire Times: Journeying with Candy Verney and Sue Glanville. Photo by Trevor Porter

9:24am Thursday 4th December 2008

Charley Morgan follows the spiritual path of Journeying.

Grassland prize for Corsley farmer

Wiltshire Times: David Helliar

9:26am Thursday 4th December 2008

A DAIRY farmer from Corsley, near Warminster, is a south west regional winner and runner-up in a national grassland management competition.

Charley’s patch

Wiltshire Times: Charley’s patch

9:30am Thursday 4th December 2008

How the ‘no dig’ method could improve your plot ready for next year’s crop.

A colourful history

Wiltshire Times: Ginny Barlow with one of her designs

10:57am Friday 10th October 2008

Benjamin Parkes meets an artist who is keeping traditional signwriting alive on the Kennet and Avon.

Heart of glass

Wiltshire Times: Heart of glass

10:51am Friday 10th October 2008

How a Bradford business is still flourishing despite the economic downturn. By James Williams.

Water way to look to the future

Wiltshire Times: Rob Jones of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust at one of the restoration sites

11:01am Friday 10th October 2008

How an abandoned canal could provide the key to boosting the local economy. By Katie Adams.

Great Outdoors

Wiltshire Times: Choose a site which has fences, hedges and locked gates at night to deter vandals.

11:06am Friday 10th October 2008

How to pick the perfect allotment.

Charley’s patch

Wiltshire Times: Charley’s patch

11:11am Friday 10th October 2008

JUST when you think everything is going so well, along comes the rain and wipes out the entire tomato crop.

Getting rooms in focus

Wiltshire Times: A glass fronted box frame with a holiday shot and shells collected from the beach, from 101 Finishing Touches.

11:19am Friday 10th October 2008

Don’t let those holiday photos languish in albums or on the computer – turn them into art for your rooms instead. We find inspiring ways to show off those snaps. By Gabrielle Fagan

It’s seed gathering season

Wiltshire Times: It’s seed gathering season

11:22am Friday 10th October 2008

Spend a little time gathering seeds in your garden and you will have a bumper crop of flowers and fruits next year. By Hannah Stephenson.

The future’s orange

Wiltshire Times: The future’s orange

11:27am Friday 10th October 2008

This month’s guide to seasonal food from i’

FOOD & DRINK: Down on the Farm

Wiltshire Times: FOOD & DRINK: Down on the Farm

11:44am Friday 10th October 2008

Adam Baggs talks to former publisher and environmental campaigner, turned organic meat farmer, Peter Kindersley.

The green, green grass

Wiltshire Times: La Pineta, Edington

10:46am Friday 22nd August 2008

Life in the Wiltshire countryside offers the best of both worlds – pretty cottages with fine views and stylish interiors just a short hop from towns, cities and the M4. We look at two lovely homes in idyllic surroundings.

Save without scrimping on style

Wiltshire Times:

10:43am Friday 22nd August 2008

If the credit crunch is starting to bite, it’s time to hit back and prove you can find design-standard homeware at bargain-basement prices. We source must-have buys to suit your budget. By Gabrielle Fagan.

Berry good

Wiltshire Times:

10:40am Friday 22nd August 2008

This month’s guide to seasonal food from i’

Wiltshire beefs up the Big Mac image

Wiltshire Times:

10:38am Friday 22nd August 2008

WITH all the publicity surrounding the less endearing activities of McDonald's, it may come as a surprise that beef from Wiltshire goes into Big Macs.

How horse power can help cancer patients

Wiltshire Times:

10:35am Friday 22nd August 2008

JAN Barley began an equine facilitated learning programme to help cancer patients and their families through a troubling time.

Charley’s patch

Wiltshire Times:

10:33am Friday 22nd August 2008

This issue, resident gardener Charley Morgan harvests a bumper crop and solves the riddle of the oddly-shaped vegetable.

Great Outdoors

Wiltshire Times:

10:31am Friday 22nd August 2008

Corsham: The Flemish Weaver.

Postcard from… Webbington

Wiltshire Times:

10:27am Friday 22nd August 2008

How history has shaped the future of one of the south west’s most popular venues. Words and pictures by Trevor Porter.

A wonderful way to bee

Wiltshire Times:

10:23am Friday 22nd August 2008

Benjamin Parkes discovers why we need to keep our bee population thriving.

Still not black and white

Wiltshire Times:

10:20am Friday 22nd August 2008

The government’s decision not to cull badgers has been met with strong views on each side of the argument. Benjamin Parkes finds out more.

Life on the straight and narrow

Wiltshire Times:

10:18am Friday 22nd August 2008

Benjamin Parkes meets a canalboat dweller determined to keep old traditions alive.

Brush strokes

Wiltshire Times:

10:15am Friday 22nd August 2008

Why Wiltshire is a never-ending source of inspiration for one local artist. By Charley Morgan.

Building a dream

Wiltshire Times: Dave Buxton and his VW Golf GTIs, photo by Geraint James

2:59pm Thursday 12th June 2008

Some cars are made of metal, vinyl and glass, but other cars are made of a hefty dose of blood, sweat and tears.

What’s in season?

Wiltshire Times:

2:56pm Thursday 12th June 2008


Shooting stars

Wiltshire Times:

2:54pm Thursday 12th June 2008

Rocket, romaine and tatsoi are all variations that we've grown used to seeing in our bagged salads, but now there is a new ingredient shooting up.

Picture perfect

Wiltshire Times: Country Times

2:52pm Thursday 12th June 2008

CONGRATULATIONS to housewife Liz Norris, 59, from Melksham who is the winner of the Country Times photography competition with her beautiful image of a field of oil-seed rape.

Horse trials

2:51pm Thursday 12th June 2008

EUROPEAN team gold medallists Daisy Dick and Oliver Townend are among the 900 runners entered in this weekend's Longleat international horse trials.

Charley’s patch

Wiltshire Times:

2:48pm Thursday 12th June 2008

This issue our resident gardener Charley Morgan slugs it out with some garden pests and finds a quick and easy way to dig over seed beds.

Walk this way

Wiltshire Times:

2:41pm Thursday 12th June 2008

Enjoy a scenic stroll & refreshing pint on our countryside pub walk.

Ease your conscience but keep your style

2:37pm Thursday 12th June 2008

Doing your bit to save the planet is getting easier and easier now there’s a host of eco-chic home products that aren’t just ethical, but desirable too. We find a great selection of ‘green’ homeware.

Fiddler on the roof

Wiltshire Times:

2:29pm Thursday 12th June 2008

The thatching industry is thriving with high demand for quality workmen to restore listed thatched roofs across Wiltshire. But last year’s floods have set up a ticking time bomb that is pushing up the price of raw materials and forcing local authorities, who oversee repairs to listed thatches, into an uncomfortable corner. Reporter Benjamin Parkes spoke to master thatcher Clive Brooks to find out more.

Postcard from… Malvern

Wiltshire Times:

2:19pm Thursday 12th June 2008

Scrumpy cider orchards, rolling hills and picturesque villages make Malvern an ideal weekend break destination. Amy Watkins heads up the M5 to get a taste of this forgotten area where three counties converge. Photographs by Geraint James.

Milking the market

Wiltshire Times:

2:17pm Thursday 12th June 2008

With the news that the future of Westbury Dairies has been secured, James Williams asked local dairy farmers if they were optimistic for their own future during this turbulent economic period.

Are our farmers getting a fair deal?

Wiltshire Times:

2:13pm Thursday 12th June 2008

LOSS OF A GOLDEN ERA. Victoria Ashford examines the struggle facing farmers in Wiltshire and the relationship between the agricultural industry and local towns.

Climate change impact

Wiltshire Times:

2:11pm Thursday 12th June 2008

MORE than half of farmers in the west interviewed by Farming Futures say they are already affected by climate change.

Boris the sheep pig

Wiltshire Times:

2:07pm Thursday 12th June 2008

Is it a sheep? Is it a pig? No, it’s a Lincolnshire Curly Coat. Pig breeder Tony York tells us how and why he brought these unusual animals back to Britain.

Freddie Giles and his rally car miles

Wiltshire Times:

8:00am Friday 25th April 2008

Adventurous, larger than life figure Freddie Giles could well be Wiltshire’s modern day Jules Verne.

Chilli jam is a hit with Delia

Wiltshire Times:

8:00am Friday 25th April 2008

CELEBRITY chef and professional cheat Delia Smith has given her seal of approval to a chilli jam made by the Malmesbury-based company Tracklements.

Three cheers for local beer

Wiltshire Times: The boys from Box Stream Brewery with their new bottled Tunnel Vision

8:00am Friday 25th April 2008

MICRO-breweries and national companies nestle side by side in west Wiltshire and take advantage of the local malts and hops available.

New Day in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Times:

8:00am Friday 25th April 2008

A new photography collection of images of Wiltshire taken in the magical hours at dawn or dusk, in all seasons and in all weathers is now available as the book Portrait of Wiltshire by Steve Day.

Charley’s patch

Wiltshire Times:

8:00am Friday 25th April 2008

As winter gives way to spring, we join first-time gardener Charley Morgan as she plants her seedlings and waits for her allotment to bear fruit, and of course, vegetables.

Click for farm food

Wiltshire Times:

8:00am Friday 25th April 2008

IF you're looking for up-to-the-minute information about where to buy farm produce, five new websites from the National Farmers' Retail and Markets Association (FARMA) have the answer.

Website aims to cut through bull

8:00am Friday 25th April 2008

NEW research shows that more than a third (38 per cent) of farmers still find the Waste Management Regulations difficult to understand.

Saving the Duke of Burgundy

Wiltshire Times: The declining Duke of Burgundy butterflies by Peter Eeles

8:00am Friday 25th April 2008

For 40 years the Butterfly Conservation society has been helping Wiltshire’s winged friends keep flying.

Succumb to Scandi style

Wiltshire Times: The colour combination of the lime green metal bed, sky blue walls and white floor boards makes the room appear fresh and young. From Living with Light: Decorating the Scandinavian Way by Gail Abbott, published by CICO Books, priced 20

8:00am Friday 25th April 2008

Now the dark days of winter are over, we’re all craving light. Copying the bright, airy rooms that are a trademark of Scandinavian style could be the answer. Find out how to go Scandi for spring savvy rooms. By Gabrielle Fagan.

Home is where the art is

Wiltshire Times:

8:00am Friday 25th April 2008

A DEVELOPMENT of four German designed kit homes near Lacock are on the market with an average price tag of £1.5m.

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