Roman mosaic unearthed at Chedworth

Archaeologist unearths Roman mosaic at live dig


During a live dig at Chedworth Roman Villa this week a team of National Trust archaeologists have unearthed Roman mosaics which haven’t been seen for at least 150 years.

 The new archaeological excavations of the North Wing at Chedworth Roman Villa are surprising and delighting not just the visitors but the archaeologists themselves, as this new mosaic of a grand Roman reception room has just been discovered, which no-one knew existed. Visitors can watch the live dig, and view these new mosaics until Friday 29 August – and yet more exciting discoveries could still be made. Continue reading…

Well-trained Dyrham pears go up the wall

Black Worcester pears on Dyrham stable wall copyright NT Beth Taylor

Most people associate pears with growing on trees, but for the first time at Dyrham Park near  Bath gardeners are seeing the autumn fruit growing up the stable wall.

After years of training, the pears appear more like vines and have been proving quite the talking point at the National Trust park, garden and house. These pears, which can be seen all along the stable wall between the tea-room and the seventeenth century mansion house, are dark-coloured, traditional-shaped Black Worcesters, but Dyrham Park also has many other native pears. Continue reading…

Baking on a roll at the Edgcumbe on Cotehele Quay

Jenny Freeman baking at the Edgcumbe on Cotehele Quay

Jenny Freeman baking at the Edgcumbe on Cotehele Quay

The Great British Bake Off has nothing on the bread, rolls and cakes at the Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele Quay.

‘I may be biased, but I think our baked goods are especially delicious,’ says Vanessa Channings, Edgcumbe Co-Supervisor at the National Trust property near Saltash. ‘That’s thanks to our head baker, Jenny Freeman. In my mind, Jenny IS the Edgcumbe. Customers love her. One couple have been coming for Jenny’s cakes every Sunday for years. He has lemon drizzle and she has coffee cake.’

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Remembering Boscastle

A decade ago the picturesque Cornish village of Boscastle was almost destroyed by a devastating flash flood which swept through the valley.  Ian Kemp, General Manager for the National Trust in North Cornwall shared with us his memories of that dramatic time.

“Ten years ago my job took me to Boscastle only once every ten days or so. August 16th 2004 just happened to be one of those days!

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Chedworth ‘time team’ digs deep

This summer, follow the live action as National Trust’s very own ‘time team’ of archaeologists and volunteers painstakingly work away to uncover hidden Roman mosaics and other treasures in the North Wing of Chedworth Roman Villa.Chedworth Live dig

Over two weeks, from 18-29 August, the team is hoping to answer questions about the layout of the rooms as buried walls come to light, and maybe even uncover some hidden mosaics. As they dig, they’ll also be looking for fragments of pottery and other ancient artifacts.

From an elevated platform, visitors can follow the team’s every move as they toil away in the trenches below – and also ask them questions on the spot. This is the second year of a 5-year project to explore the North Wing. Last year just a few tantalizing strips of mosaics were exposed, so hopes are high for many more finds this summer. Continue reading…

Riding high on ply – 12th World Bellyboard Championships



All across the UK and around the globe preparations are under way for the World Bellyboard Championships on Sunday 7 September.

Organised and hosted by the National Trust, the event is helping to raise awareness of coastal issues following a winter of increased storm activity and accelerated natural processes around our coastline. Continue reading…

‘For King and Country’ – First World War exhibition at Newark Park

To mark the First World War centenary Newark Park will be launching a special exhibition from Wednesday 30 July until Sunday 21 September.

Mary King with fellow nurses ©National Trust

Mary King with fellow nurses ©National Trust

‘For King and Country’, will tell the story of two Newark characters who between them made a significant contribution and sacrifice to the war effort. Continue reading…

‘Get knotted!’ at Trerice’s new Tudor garden

Trerice Knot garden

Trerice Knot garden

Eight hundred young yew trees have been planted to map out the intricate design of a new Ladies’ Garden at Trerice near Newquay in Cornwall which opens today, Thursday 24 July.

This gem of a knot garden is set to bring to life this romantic Elizabethan manor house [1] which has been a labour of love for the gardening team and 13 volunteers.

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