Welcome to the February issue of Sussex Living, we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we have putting it together!

February is traditionally the month of love, but why is that? From page 22 Hanna Lindon gives us a detailed Valentine’s history, and some of it is positively unromantic! Getting back on track with the love theme, we have our fantastic wedding special starting on page 28. If you are planning your nuptials it’s the perfect way to find ideas for stunning cakes and cute kids.

Would you like to find out how your life could be made easier around the house? With home technology developing at a fast pace, Lisa de Silva gives us a comprehensive guide on smart technology and how a hi tech environment can make activities effortless by simply lifting a finger.

If you enjoy rambling, turn to page 74 and have a look at Robert Veitch’s walk around Chailey Common, hopefully the weather will be kind enough to blow the winter cobwebs away. If you’re a galanthophile, then the snowdrop festival from the NGS is for you. Turn to page 56 to see where your local gardens are.

Combining his love of the lawn mower and supporting young people in the community, inspired Clive Gravett set up The Budding Foundation. Turn to page 78 to find out how you may be able to help with his worthwhile work.

And finally, congratulations to our two winners from the December crossword competition. Well done to Shirley Mitchell who wins a £20 voucher from Seasons in Forest Row, and many congratulations to Pauline from Portslade who wins a £25 voucher from Absolute Solutions in Lindfield. We would also like to say thank you to our advertisers who kindly donated the prizes.

See you next month!