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Sue Gillman

One of the best things about summer is eating outdoors, so in this issue we’ve brought you some fabulous recipes that are just perfect for al fresco dining.

On page 56 you’ll find some colourful seasonal dishes that are ideal for lazy days in the garden. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love the gooseberry and elderflower meringue cake featured on our cover – the recipe is on page 72.

On the subject of getting out in the garden, lavender isn’t just a gorgeous bee-friendly flower, it’s also a bang-on-trend ingredient for cakes, biscuits and ice creams. Unsure what sort of lavender to plant, or how to care for it? Turn to page 36 for the answers.

Love them or hate them, badgers are part of the British rural scene, and on page 26 James Fair takes an in-depth look at these controversial animals. Frogs are equally fascinating creatures and, like so much of our native wildlife, are increasingly under threat. On page 14 Brian Pike explains how gardeners can give them a helping hand.

While you’re out enjoying the Dales sunshine you can’t help but be impressed by the 5,000 miles of dry stone walls that are such an essential part of the Yorkshire landscape. On page 20 Dwayne Martindale of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust explores their history and the crucial role they play in sustaining our local wildlife.

We’ll be back soon with a bumper autumn issue. In the meantime I hope this issue of Dales Life helps you make the very most of your summer!

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Sue Gillman – Editor