Terrence the lamb lends a hand at Arlington

Terrence the lamb with Head Ranger Murray Sharpe

Terrence with Head Ranger Murray Sharpe

Arlington Court in North Devon has a rather cute new member of staff in the shape of a Jacob Sheep lamb who is being hand reared by the Head Ranger Murray.

Terrence, who was part of a twin born to one of the historic herd of 65 Jacob sheep at the property, was very small when he was born and not expected to live and struggling to walk and so was taken away from his mum and he is now being are now being looked after Murray Sharpe, Arlington’s Head Ranger.

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Adapting to a future where defence is the last resort

Studland, beach huts.

Studland, beach huts.

  

Studland, Middle beach, after the storms

Studland, Middle beach, after the storms

A clear national strategy is urgently needed to help coastal areas adapt to the twin pressures of rising sea levels and extreme weather, according to a new report published today by the National Trust which now cares for one in three miles of the South West coast of England. 

As one of the UK’s biggest coastal owners, the Trust has seen many of its sites battered by the winter storms or hit hard by the high tides – including Studland Beach in Dorset and South Milton Sands in Devon. These impacts have meant that the charity has had to fast-forward many decisions about land and buildings in its care, looking at how to adapt coastal places in the months ahead, rather than years or decades. Continue reading…

Adapting to a changing coastline

South Milton Sands boardwalk collapse

South Milton Sands boardwalk collapse

 

In light of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, reliance on coastal defence as the primary strategy looks less plausible now. As highlighted in our new National Trust report Shifting Shores – Adapting to change  we need to have policies that explain and support adaptation. 

Adaptation is all about long-term planning and accepting that our coast has always, and will always, change. The challenge for the 21st century is that the process of change is accelerating as sea levels are rising four times faster than they did in the previous 100 years. Continue reading…

Celebrating Penrose access improvements

DSC_5157 copyAn event to celebrate the completion of the Penrose Paths for Communities project took place on Friday 4th April at the Old Cattle Market in Helston to bring together a wide range of community groups and organisations who have all helped to support access improvements in the area.

The project has also seen the completion of the improved surfacing at Helston Drive, a new easy access route to avoid the coast path steps at Tye Rock, a new Bridleway route through Higher Penrose Farm and a new Boardwalk at Carminowe Creek. Continue reading…

Discovery Dome comes to Chedworth Roman Villa

Alex Auden, Operations Manager, explores the Discovery Dome at Chedworth Roman Villa (c) National Trust / Barry Batchelor

Visitors to Chedworth Roman Villa are being transported back in time this week thanks to the latest digital technology developed by the University of Bath.

A large inflatable dome has been set up on the lawns of Chedworth Roman Villa, allowing groups of visitors to experience a planetarium-style projection which brings to life the history of one of the country’s most important Roman sites. Continue reading…

Cadbury’s announce kids’ favourite explorers

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Kids in the South West have voted Bear Grylls and Sir David Attenborough their all-time favourite explorers.

The research, which was conducted by Cadbury to celebrate this year’s ‘eggsplorer’ theme of their annual Easter Egg Trails with the National Trust, saw contemporary explorers Bear Grylls and Helen Skelton poll even higher than famous explorers, Christopher Columbus and Sir Francis Drake, who missed out on a spot in the top three. Continue reading…

Last remaining water-powered forge celebrates 200 years.

Finch Foundry volunteer Martin Gannon.

Finch Foundry volunteer Martin Gannon.

This year Finch Foundry at Sticklepath nr Okehampton in Devon, boasts a double celebration – 20years with the National Trust and 200 years since the waterwheels first turned.

Today, you can relive the unmistakable sights, sounds and even smells of a working foundry – from the heat of the furnaces to the steady hammering of metal on the forge. And as the last remaining water-powered forge in England, visitors are drawn here to experience our industrial past in action.

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