Accolades galore as South West Farmers mark 10th Fine Farm Produce Awards at Selfridges

Double Cream from Ashclyst Farm a winner in the National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards Products

Double Cream from Ashclyst Farm a winner in the National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards Products

24 South West products (62 nationally) were bestowed with one of the food and farming industry’s highest honours, a National Trust Fine Farm Produce Award, at a ceremony in London last night.

It was the first time – and fitting for the 10th anniversary – that so many products met or exceeded the strict judging criteria of the conservation charity’s food and farming awards.

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Competitors world-wide make annual pilgrimage for the World Bellyboard Championships

Excitement is building at the spiritual home of the World Bellyboard Championships at Chapel Porth, nr St Agnes in Cornwall.

Organised and hosted by the National Trust, Chapel Porth is the venue for the annual vintage event which this year takes place on Sunday 6th September, and entry numbers are, as ever, in their hundreds.

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St Austell Brewery launches limited edition beer for the National Trust’s Coastline campaign.

Pictures By Steven Haywood - Nick Lawrence (National Trust South West Coast Director)  & Managing Director of St Austell Brewery James Staunton at The Gribbin, the namesake of the Limited Edition Ale that has been produced to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trust's Coastline fundraising campaign 'Neptune' and St Austell Brewery giving the National Trust the Cornish Headland 'The Gribbin'

Pictures By Steven Haywood – Nick Lawrence (National Trust South West Coast Director) & Managing Director of St Austell Brewery James Staughton at The Gribbin, the namesake of the Limited Edition Ale that has been produced to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trust’s Coastline fundraising campaign ‘Neptune’ and St Austell Brewery giving the National Trust the Cornish Headland ‘The Gribbin’

In 1965 the National Trust launched the Neptune Coastline Campaign to protect the coast from the threat of development and look after it for the nation for ever.

That same year, St Austell Brewery chairman Egbert Barnes included a passionate postscript in his annual company statement. It read: ‘May I commend to shareholders’ generosity the National Trust’s Enterprise Neptune to save as much as possible of what is left of the country’s coastline? Nowhere is that more important than it is in Cornwall.’

Following words with actions, in 1966 Mr Barnes and the Brewery helped to buy and give to the Trust a headland called The Gribbin to the west of Fowey Harbour on the edge of St Austell Bay. Mr Barnes was particularly fond of The Gribbin, as it formed the distant view from the Brewery boardroom, and by giving it to the Trust he could secure it for ever from development.

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Neptune’s trident heralds South West Coast Path Challenge

Bill Morris of the National Trust (Lead Ranger, Leigh Woods) and Hayley Partridge of the South West Coast Path Association, receive the Neptune trident from National Trust Wales volunteer Bob Smith (in background) in Chepstow, at the end of the Welsh Coast Path. Credit: National Trust/Athena Picture Agency

Bill Morris of the National Trust (Lead Ranger, Leigh Woods) and Hayley Partridge of the South West Coast Path Association, receive the Neptune trident from National Trust Wales volunteer Bob Smith (in background) in Chepstow, at the end of the Welsh Coast Path.
Credit: National Trust/Athena Picture Agency

After an epic 870-mile trek round the Welsh coast, the National Trust in Wales handed over the ‘baton’ – a specially carved trident inspired by Neptune –– to the South West, to take up the next big coastal challenge. Continue reading…

Tyntesfield inspired Shaun

Rhiannon Southwell and Willow (c) National Trust - Barry Batchelor

Rhiannon Southwell and Willow (c) National Trust – Barry Batchelor

The rare china and porcelain among an assortment of 50,000 objects at Tyntesfield, has inspired a sculpture on this summer’s Shaun in the City charity sculpture trail. The collection is not only the largest of its kind within the National Trust, but has inspired designer Rhiannon Southwell, for her Aardman famed sculpture. Continue reading…

Step up to the South West Coast Path Challenge

Monty Halls by Tamsyn Halls

Monty Halls by Tamsyn Halls

School’s out for summer and thoughts turn to family days out beside the seaside. Instead of digging in the sand and jostling with millions of tourists on the region’s beaches, take a walk on the wild side and gear up for the South West Coast Path Challenge in October. The event, backed by TV adventurer Monty Halls, aims to set a new world record for the number of times the Coast Path can be covered in one month while raising funds to protect the coastline for future generations.

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