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Restoration of the Parterre at Kingston Lacy

Throughout the autumn the National Trust garden team at Kingston Lacy, nr Wimborne, is restoring the Parterre, a significant and integral part of the formal garden....
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A very Victorian Christmas returns to Tyntesfield

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;...
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Generous donation helps Dyrham Park transform its garden

Ambitious plans to transform the garden at Dyrham Park have been given a boost thanks to a £100,000 legacy from two local garden enthusiasts....
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Vacuuming up wildflower seeds on the Bath Skyline

A giant vacuum is being used to collect wild flower seeds on the Bath Skyline so that they can be spread over meadows and improve plant diversity....
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National Trust acquires much loved Avebury Chapel

A former United Reformed Church chapel in the centre of Avebury has been purchased by the National Trust as a space to highlight their conservation work and to engage people with the special landscapes within the World Heritage Site....
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17th-century well restored at Coleridge Cottage

Visitors to Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey, Somerset, are now able to draw water from the building’s original Georgian well following its restoration. The well, which is 16 metres (over 52 feet) deep, was built in the 1640s at the same time as the cottage. Thanks to the help of visitors who bought raffle tickets...
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Stoat holes created in drystone walls by National Trust

After watching stoats building their nests inside tumbledown drystone walls, the wallers at the Sherborne Park Estate in Gloucestershire have set about creating ‘stoat holes’ built into new walls for the animals to nest in....
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A Spanish visitor to Kingston Lacy

A unique landscape by artist Diego Velázquez, painted for King Philip IV of Spain, is on loan from the National Gallery in London for the first time, and is exhibited at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy in Dorset....
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Prior Park recruits youngest head gardener

The youngest head gardener in the National Trust has just started worked at Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath. Alice Palfrey, who is 29, already has seven years of National Trust gardening and rangering under her belt. She comes to her new role with both experience of looking after Prior Park, and enthusiasm to take...
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It’s all in the name – discovery as workers from the 1800s left their mark at Kingston Lacy

National Trust archaeologists who help look after and discover the stories of the places cared for by the charity have a knack for solving mysteries....
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Bristol’s ancient trees to be protected thanks to a generous donation from SC Johnson

Some of the most important trees in the country, which grow within sight of Bristol, are to be conserved by conservation charity, the National Trust, thanks to support from SC Johnson. The collection of ancient and veteran trees can be found across a number of Bristol and North Somerset places – including Leigh Woods, Tyntesfield,...
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Edwardian engine runs for the first time in 100 years

An exceptional example of British Edwardian engineering has been brought back to working order by a team of highly skilled and dedicated volunteers, working with the National Trust at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset. The engine dates back from around 1907 and it is thought to be the only one of its kind to...
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Discover countryside in the city this spring with a new National Trust guidebook

This May, the National Trust hopes to get Bath residents and visitors exploring the Bath countryside with their new guidebook to the Skyline. The fully-illustrated guidebook (RRP £6.99) contains three circular walking routes and a foreword by former Bath resident and celebrity baker Mary Berry....
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The South West Outdoor Festival presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to camp on the edge of the UK’s Grand Canyon

A jagged jewel in the South West’s crown, Cheddar Gorge boasts the biggest inland cliffs in Britain – stunning features that frame the country’s largest gorge – and in September this year, wild sleepers will have a unique opportunity to camp on the canyon rim, above the world-famous crags and caves, amid the magical Mendip...
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Clouds Hill: Desert to Dorset

To mark 100 years since T E Lawrence’s part in the Great Arab Revolt, the National Trust team at Clouds Hill in Dorset will be hosting an array of events from 6-21 May which explore the life of this secretive and fascinating man....
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Prior Park head gardener retires after 20 years

After almost 20 years as head gardener, Matthew Ward is leading his last guided tour, before hanging up his trowel and heading off with wife Hillary into a well-deserved retirement. After 37 years as a National Trust gardener, Matthew has untold tales to tell and knowledge to impart.  His 20 years at Prior Park have...
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Rare handkerchief tree in bloom at National Trust’s Dunster Castle

A rarely found tree in the UK is currently in bloom in the tropical climate of the river garden at the National Trust’s Dunster Castle, near Minehead in Somerset.  The warm, dry weather over recent months has meant that the unusual handkerchief tree has started to bloom earlier than usual.  When fluttering in the breeze,...
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Mompesson House now open for the 2017 season

The National Trust team at Mompesson House in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close opened its doors for the 2017 season on the 11 March with a new exhibition and shop....
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Stourhead shop reopens after refit

The National Trust shop at Stourhead reopens its door after having its first refit since it opened 15 years ago. Stourhead shop opened its doors for the first time in May 2002 in a new purpose built building and despite welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, the shop has largely been untouched. ...
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Conservation in action at Lacock Abbey

Historic furniture, fragile ceramics and a Victorian rocking horse are just some of the items being preserved in front of the public as part of a conservation in action programme at Lacock Abbey this spring....
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Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

Kingston lacy, a National Trust estate near Wimborne, Dorset, is famous for its snowdrop display.  The snowdrop walk stretches through the 40-acre garden for one and a half miles.  Even without the cold weather needed to encourage the snowdrops to bloom the team are still expecting a good display throughout late January and February....
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Making a house a home – volunteers needed at Max Gate, Hardy’s Cottage, and Clouds Hill, Dorset

The small cottages near Dorchester where Thomas Hardy and Lawrence of Arabia lived are charming to look at, but it’s the warm welcome of the volunteer guides there that turn them from houses into homes.  On 1 March the National Trust will be opening the doors of Hardy’s Cottage, Clouds Hill and Max Gate, Hardy’s...
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Discover the benefits of volunteering at Snowshill Manor and Garden

Would you like to make new friends?  Need a fresh challenge in your life?  Or want to develop your interests? On 28 January, between 10am and 12.30pm, Snowshill Manor, just a couple of miles away from Broadway, will be hosting a drop in New Volunteer Day where you can discover what being a National Trust...
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Volunteer recruitment day at Stourhead

The Stourhead team are looking for more volunteers to help care for, and share the story of, the Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden....
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Preparing for a blooming New Year at Dyrham Park

Staff and volunteers have spent the last fortnight on the mammoth task of planting more than fourteen thousand spring bulbs at Dyrham Park in South Gloucestershire. Freezing conditions and heavy rain haven’t deterred their efforts to get the hyacinths and tulips in the ground ahead of the Christmas break so they’re ready to bloom next...
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New house manager at Avebury Manor gets ready for Christmas

Avebury Manor has a new House Manager, Amelia Bryan, who is bringing her fresh eyes and a can-do attitude to the National Trust house....
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National Trust cider expert welcomes “sweetest” year for Somerset apples, as cider season ends

More than 650 gallons of cider has been pressed at the National Trust’s Barrington Court estate, Somerset, in a year that the charity’s cider expert claims has produced the sweetest apple crop for a decade....
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£1m boost to Wellington Monument’s future in Autumn Statement

A £1 million grant has been awarded towards urgent repairs of the Wellington Monument by Chancellor Philip Hammond’s in his first Autumn Statement earlier today. The money comes from fines levied on the banking industry for manipulating the LIBOR rate. Today the government committed £102 million over the next 4 years to support good causes...
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Volunteers helped National Trust rangers in Dorset give the Cerne Giant its annual haircut

  Mild, wet autumn weather has resulted in above-average grass growth on the hillside, near Dorchester, threatening to obscure the Giant. Rob Rhodes, National Trust Countryside Manager for West Dorset, said: “Record grass growth meant that the Cerne Giant was looking a bit sorry for himself. The sheep that graze the hillside throughout the year...
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The Fox Talbot Museum acquires historic photographic collection of international significance

An extraordinary collection of early photographic technology and images is being transferred from the British Film Institute to the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock in Wiltshire, thanks to a £36,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and support from Art Council England’s Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Materials (PRISM) fund....
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A very Victorian Christmas at Tyntesfield

A totally immersive and characterful Victorian Christmas will be taking place at Tyntesfield during this year’s festive period. From 26 November to 2 January visitors will be able to experience the festive life of Tyntesfield’s Victorian owners; the Gibbs and their servants, as they prepare for and enjoy the Christmas.  ...
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Night Run at Tyntesfield

Runners are being given the rare opportunity to explore Tyntesfield by night on Saturday 3 December. The National Trust estate just outside of Bristol is hosting its third annual Night Run as part of a series of trail running events held at National Trust sites across the country. The aim is to allow visitors to...
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Halloween fun with the National Trust

The mysteries of Halloween have brought out the creativity of the National Trust which is celebrating the end of October in very different ways. Children are being invited to solve a mystery of missing beasts at Lacock, join a Halloween trail at Dyrham or explore a cat trail at Avebury during the half term fun....
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Autumn is coming to Stourhead

Stourhead, a National Trust property in Wiltshire, is witnessing the first signs of autumn colour beginning to appear across the garden and wider estate....
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Graffiti on Wellington Monument is not a Banksy

Stencilled graffiti which has appeared on the door of Wellington Monument in Somerset is not a Banksy – the National Trust has been told. A spokesperson for Banksy has declared that the graffiti – which purports to be signed by the artist – is a fake....
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Stourhead restores Alexander Pope Quote

The National Trust team at Stourhead, in Wiltshire, are working with experts from Cliveden Conservation to restore the worn lettering to a quote written by Alexander Pope in the first half of the 18th century and carved into the curved marble slab situated in the Grotto [1]....
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Yellow and orange days of autumn in South Somerset

The yellow and orange days of autumn are a favourite for many people – it’s certainly the case at National Trust places in South Somerset. There are lots of reasons to get outside and enjoy the changing seasons, and to get up close to nature and wildlife. Visitors can be as creative as they like...
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Stourhead comes alive with a tree top performance

This autumn the National Trust at Stourhead, Wiltshire, is hosting an aerial performance of ‘Red Threads’ by the talented Whispering Wood Folk. The event, taking place on the 16 October at 2pm, will welcome the arrival of autumn and celebrate the wonderful display that nature creates in the Stourhead garden during the season....
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Eye Tracking comes to Stourhead

Scientists from the ‘Eye Tracking Collective.landscape architecture’ at the Osnabrueck University of Applied Sciences in Germany are working with the National Trust’s Stourhead in Wiltshire to study how visitors to the world-famous garden interact with the landscape around them....
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Artists take over Brean Down fort

Several National Trust countryside properties are currently in the spotlight as venues for artists to reveal their inspiration and creative processes until Sunday 2 October. With over 210 venues taking part, Somerset Open Studios is a countywide opportunity to view over 300 artists and makers from a range of disciplines in their working environment. Now...
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See Bath Skyline as never before

Spectacular new aerials videos from the National Trust are showing Bath’s Solsbury Hill from an entirely new angle. The scheduled ancient monument is a popular walking route with many hundreds of people climbing it every week and looking out at the views and even the city lights in the evening....
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What does the landscape surrounding Stonehenge mean to you?

The National Trust Wiltshire Landscape team are undertaking a survey to learn what people find special about the landscape in which the world famous stone circle sits. This is part of a national plan to assess the qualities that visitors find important about the special places the National Trust care for. This will help them...
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Wellington Monument Champions sought

People in and around Wellington, who are interested in becoming one of a small group of volunteers needed to support the Wellington Monument Project, have been asked to get in touch with the National Trust by 9 September. Helen Sharp, National Trust Project Manager, explains: ‘We are looking for a small group of committed individuals...
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Henry the cat tries the 50 Things challenge at Dyrham Park

A cat who lives at Dyrham Park has taken up a National Trust challenge to children to get outdoors and complete 50 fun things before they are 11 and ¾. We all know cats love climbing trees, but Henry has got involved in den building, making a daisy chain and other activities....
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Dyrham Park launches programme of daily children’s activities this summer

Den building, tractor cleaning and dry stone walling are just some of the kids’ activities on offer at Dyrham Park during the summer holidays. The National Trust team is putting on more than 50 activities throughout the six-week school holidays and is a great place to tick off things from the popular 50 Things to...
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Romans are coming to Chedworth Roman Villa

Chedworth Roman Villa is hosting a week-long re-enactment event with the Roman Military Research Society re-creating Roman military and civilian life. The Roman Military Research Society study, investigate and perform practical experiments to re-create, as accurately as possible, Roman military and civil life.  They demonstrate the skills of the Roman Army and Romano-British people, including...
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The Hollow Crown costumes on display at Lacock Abbey

An exhibition of costumes from the hit BBC Two series, ‘The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses’, including those worn by stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keeley Hawes and Sophie Okonedo, is on display at Lacock Abbey, where many scenes from the show were filmed. The costumes are on display in the Great Hall of the...
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Work underway on a 21st-century garden with echoes of the past at Dyrham Park

An ambitious project to transform Dyrham Park’s West Garden is gathering pace. Inspired by a 17th-century engraving, the National Trust team of gardeners has set to work recreating some elements of the former garden, with a modern twist.  This recent phase began during the major conservation project to replace the leaking roof on the house...
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Tyntesfield live music headliners announced

Live from the Lawn returns to Tyntesfield for its third year with two top headliners from the world of Ska and Folk. Dispelling the stereotype of a quintessential National Trust property, Tyntesfield is constantly challenging perceptions with its events program and this August is no exception. After the success of last year’s event the property,...
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Stourhead’s ‘School of Athens’ to be conserved

The National Trust team at Stourhead has commissioned Holy Well Glass, based in Wells, to carry out repairs and conservation work to the lunette window in the library in Stourhead House. The lunette window was painted by Francis Eginton in 1803 and is based on Raphael’s ‘School of Athens’ depicting the greatest thinkers of the...
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