National Trust’s coastal campaign celebrates land acquired at Hardy Monument

Heathland around Hardy Mounument (c) National Trust

Celebrating 50 years of its coastal fundraising campaign, the National Trust has made its first coastal acquisition in the South West this year. It will now care for almost 23 acres of Black Down heathland below the Hardy Monument in Dorset – an area of great natural and historical importance. Continue reading…

7 questions tag – coast facts

North Cornwall

This year we’re celebrating 50 years of caring for the coast with the Coastal Festival. We’ve been collecting stories from many people who love the coast.

Take part now with 7 questions tag – coast facts. Post with answers on your blog or facebook page and then tag 7 friends or bloggers.

We tag Beach Muser, The Beach Life, Surfers Against Sewage, South West Coast PathEverywhere You Look, North Devon National TrustWild Running and South Devon National Trust.

  1. What’s your favourite beach?
  2. Sea or sand?
  3. Tell a memory of being by the sea.
  4. What’s your favourite seaside food?
  5. Favourite ice cream flavour?
  6. Have you lived by the sea?
  7. Favourite place on the coast?

Let us know in the comments about your blog post and we’ll share via social media and the blog. Thanks for sharing your love of the coast.

Where shall we go today?

There’s over 200 gardens to explore with the National Trust, that’s a lot of choice. If you’re feeling stuck for somewhere to visit, or want help narrowing the choice use our handy flowchart. Perfect for the indecisive garden lover…

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National Trust spring gardens 2015

Like to know more about what’s on offer during spring 2015 at Glendurgan Garden, Arlington Court, Barrington Court, Stourhead, Godolphin and Greenway?

Visit our guide on these spring gardens.

Neptune sand sculpture commemorates 50th anniversary of coastline fundraising campaign.

Neptune on display at Sand World in Weymouth

Neptune on display at Sand World in Weymouth

Mark Anderson, an internationally recognised and world class sand artist who creates intricate sculptures out of sand has just revealed his latest creation, that of Neptune, Greek god of the sea and also the figure-head for the National Trust’s Neptune Coastline fundraising campaign.

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Embracing my love of the coast by Daniel Fields

image1‘My fascination and love of the Cornish coastline began, as is the case with so many people, as a child whilst on family holidays.

We stayed in Youth Hostels long before they became family orientated. In these places there were always people to meet and stories to listen to – students walking the length of the coast path, cycle tourists nearing their journeys’ end and wardens who lived for the surf. I lapped it all up, desperate to be a part of the adventure.

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Hardy returns home

054Image5 Far from the Madding Crowd film still-¬Fox Searchlight

At 34 years old, Thomas Hardy had his first literary success with Far from the Madding Crowd, penned in the tiny cob and thatch cottage in deepest Dorset where he was born. Nearly 150 years on, actress Carey Mulligan’s costumes from the new film adaptation of the book are bringing Hardy’s Cottage to life. Continue reading…