Unwrapping the house – 100 tonne crane returns to Dyrham Park

The new roof being revealed as the scaffolding is removed from Dyrham Park (c) National Trust - Laura Williams


The scaffolding which has covered Dyrham Park for a year is coming off with a 100 tonne crane lifting off the huge sections which formed the scaffolding roof over the house.

The crane marks a significant moment in the £3.8 million project by the National Trust to save Dyrham Park by replacing the roof and making repairs to the stonework by removing the scaffolding roof and allowing the building to stand up to the weather itself once more. Continue reading…

National Trust puts cider apples at its core

George Holmes, Area Ranger in South Somerset, planting a cider tree from the collection (c) Steve Haywood

An internationally important collection of cider apples, with almost 300 different varieties, has been given to the National Trust and will be planted in orchards at Montacute House, Barrington Court, Tyntesfield and Glastonbury in Somerset, Golden Cap in Dorset, Westbury Court Garden in Gloucestershire, Killerton in Devon and Brockhampton in Herefordshire. Continue reading…

Thousands of pink bottles washed up on Cornish coast

Pink bottles Poldhu beach - 5 1 15 - Credit Poldhu Beach Cafe

On January 4 2016, thousands of bright pink detergent bottles have been washed up on Poldhu beach on the Lizard Peninsula, part of the West Cornwall coastline cared for by the National Trust. 

Justin Whitehouse, National Trust Lead Ranger on the Lizard Peninsula, said: “We were alerted to the bottles yesterday and started collecting them straight away, with the aid of our staff and volunteers including those from the Friends of Poldhu Community Group, to remove them from the coastal environment as quickly as possible.  We urge people not to pick up any bottles without using protective gloves, keep animals away and avoid swimming or walking in the area until any risk from the detergent to human or animal health has been assessed. Continue reading…

Christmas has arrived at Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park roof and sleigh (C)National Trust

Anybody taking a final chance to visit the rooftop walkway at Dyrham Park this month may just spot something unusual – a large red sleigh full of Christmas presents has appeared on the roof.

Father Christmas has visited Dyrham Park early this year, and thanks to the fully accessible walkway – which closes on 20 December – visitors can get a good view of his sleigh and a reindeer. Continue reading…

Charting North Devon and Exmoor’s unique seascape

Watermouth Copyright North Devon AONBFor the first time, the iconic coastline and surrounding seas of North Devon and Exmoor have been studied in meticulous detail. Published this month, a new report North Devon and Exmoor Seascape Character Assessment  not only celebrates the many, valued natural, cultural and perceptual aspects of both land and sea but will also become a vital tool in future conservation and planning activities. Continue reading…

New film illustrates benefits of Stonehenge road tunnel for World Heritage Site, people and wildlife

screen grab 2A year ago today (1 December 2014) the Government announced that it would be investing in a fully bored tunnel of at least 2.9km to remove a large part of the existing A303 from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. To mark the first anniversary of this announcement, Historic England, the National Trust and English Heritage have produced a short film illustrating the difference that the removal of the A303 and the construction of a tunnel of at least 2.9km long could make to the Stonehenge landscape, its wildlife and nature and to those who wish to enjoy, explore, and understand the World Heritage Site.
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe brings a festive chill to Killerton

lionwitch&wardrobe6Killerton House will throw open its festive doors on Saturday 21 November to unveil its much anticipated Christmas transformation inspired by ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, by C.S. Lewis.

The National Trust property, just outside of Exeter, invites visitors to step through the wardrobe and embark on a festive journey to experience the magic of this Christmas classic. Continue reading…

Christmas comes to Arlington Court

Yvette Jones, Arlington Court's catering supervisor made the gingerbread mansion out of cookies bourbon biscuits & gingerbread, it took around 40 hours to complete and takes two people to lift it!

Yvette Jones, Arlington Court’s catering supervisor made the gingerbread mansion out of cookies bourbon biscuits & gingerbread, it took around 40 hours to complete and takes two people to lift it!

Christmas will take on a whole new look at Arlington Court this year as the house, carriage museum and grounds are decorated with 100 different types of crafted or decorated trees from this Saturday (21st November).

A dedicated ‘Christmas committee’ at Arlington Court have been planning this year’s decorations since February, and creating, storing and installing the trees has been a great team effort.

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