‘Some might say being paid to love and care for trees and woodlands in the South West sounds like a pretty near perfect job, and I would have to agree with them’, said Ben Norwood, National Trust Trees and Woodlands Advisor.

‘My role as a Trees & Woodlands Advisor does however mean I spend a significant amount of time on the road travelling from place to place, but it does give me time to think and what better time to think about trees than during National Tree Week (25 Nov – 3 Dec).

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A very Victorian Christmas returns to Tyntesfield

Presents beside a bed at Tyntesfield (c) National Trust / Steve Haywood

Tyntesfield, just outside Bristol, is once more gearing up to transform for Christmas, offering visitors an immersive experience of a character driven Victorian Christmas.

From 25 November to 3 January visitors to the Tyntesfield estate, cared for by conservation charity, the National Trust, will be able to experience the festive life of its Victorian owners; the Gibbs and their estate workers, as they prepare for and enjoy the festive period. Continue reading…

Outstanding contribution by Volunteer Rangers recognised by leading outdoor retailer

Rohan recognising NT volunteers (c) National Trust

In recognition of the outstanding contribution that countryside volunteer rangers have made to the conservation of the Holnicote Estate, Rohan Ltd have generously sponsored every volunteer who has completed more than 50 hours volunteering during the past year. Continue reading…

Celebrate 200 years of Wellington Monument

Wellington Monument (c) National Trust/Fran Stothard

 

This October, the National Trust will be celebrating 200 years since the laying of the foundation stone at Wellington Monument with a special event on 21 October. Together with partners from the Blackdown Hills AONB and ActionTrack performance company, they will be presenting an evening performance and community celebration for all of the locals. Continue reading…

Kingston Lacy explores the life and exile of William John Bankes as part of National Trust’s ‘Prejudice & Pride’ programme

EXILE – 18 September – 12 November, Kingston Lacy, Dorset

A bold new installation at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy in Dorset marks fifty years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

It examines the exile of former owner William John Bankes and reveals both its significance for understanding the house that is seen today and its relationship to the ongoing challenges faced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LBGTQ) community. Continue reading…

Donations promise a nature rich future at Trevose Head

Skylark (Alauda arvensis) singing from a raised clump of Sea thrift (Armeria maritima) on coastal grassland, Trevose Head, Cornwall.

This September marks a year since Trevose Head, on the north Cornish coast was purchased by the National Trust thanks to very generous gifts in Wills and donations, some of which were left specifically for the purchase of this important Cornish headland.

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National Trust opens new room in Avebury Manor and starts refurbishment

Avebury House manager, Amelia Bryan, In Keiller’s Drawing office. (c) National Trust/ Abby George

The National Trust has opened a room in Avebury Manor that until now has been inaccessible to visitors. The refurbishment of the Alexander Keiller drawing office is a new and exciting ongoing project, to bring another aspect of Avebury’s history to life. Continue reading…

TV’s walking greats get behind the South West Coast Path Challenge

South West Coast Path Challenge

Paul Rose at North Devon

The South West Coast Path Challenge returns in October for the third year running and is bigger and better than ever as TV’s walking greats, Julia Bradbury and Paul Rose, will be backing it all the way.

Julia Bradbury’s latest series for ITV, Britain’s Best Walks, included two of her favourites on the Coast Path.

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