533 bags of rubbish collected during National Trust Big Beach Clean Week.

Trenow beach clean with St M Mount behind and flags462 volunteers helped National Trust teams collect a staggering 533 bags of rubbish during the National Trust’s Big Beach Clean Week (15-22 March) in the South West.

The 19 beach cleans kicked off a year-long Coastal Festival of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Neptune, a campaign created to help protect our coastline from inappropriate development and care for it for ever and for everyone.

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I do love to be beside the seaside, I really, really do…

This is me, aged about 3 years old I guess, on my beloved Westward Ho! beach in north Devon. 

This is me, aged about 3 years old I guess, on my beloved Westward Ho! beach in north Devon.

“Everything significant in my early years happened at Westward Ho! I learned to swim in the rock pools, I had my first ice cream cone and I screamed my head off on a very wibbly-wobbly slide that only the very best 1970s seaside resorts had on offer!

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Be a coastal ‘Eggsplorer’ with the National Trust this Easter

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It’s almost that time of the year again when Cadbury teams up with the National Trust to offer families the ultimate day out with their popular Easter Egg Trails (3-6 April).

This year as part of the South West Coastal Festival, ‘Eggsplorer’s will be able to unleash their inner coastal explorer with adventurous trails taking place at eight coast locations in the South West, as well as Easter trails at our historic houses, gardens and castles.

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Giant crane arrives at Dyrham Park to help with roof project

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Dyrham Park is known for its impressive views, but visitors were able to see something totally different as a 100 tonne crane arrived on site.

The crane arrived 23 March and will be at the National Trust house until 24 March– lifting large trusses onto the scaffolding to form a protective temporary cover for the building while the 150 year old roof on Dyrham Park is replaced. Continue reading…

Exploring the South West’s much-loved shores

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New book celebrates 50 years of the National Trust’s Neptune project

The British Isles have more miles of coast than India. Almost 750 of those are in the care of the National Trust, protected as part of its Neptune Coastline Campaign. Author Patrick Barkham spent over a year exploring this coast, meeting its people and delving into its natural and human histories to produce Coastlines – The Story of Our Shore. Published next month (2 April) the book marks the 50th anniversary of Neptune.

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Nature: This general election’s missing issue?

A view of Gribbin Head, Cornwall taken from Coombe. The daymark visible on the far cliff top is used as a navigation aid by shipping.

A view of Gribbin Head, Cornwall taken from Coombe. The daymark visible on the far cliff top is used as a navigation aid by shipping.

The National Trust, RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts are calling on people across the West Country to put nature at the heart of debate in the run up to May’s General Election and encourage candidates to support nature.

Together the three charities have produced South West Nature 2015 – a new website that details landscapes, wildlife and the issues these face, across all 55 Westminster constituencies in the south west. Continue reading…