Claire Claire Bolitho

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‘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...
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Donations promise a nature rich future at Trevose Head

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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2000 ticking clocks at Castle Drogo

Internationally renowned artist, Luke Jerram, has been installing over 2,000 clocks at the National Trust’s Castle Drogo to bring his travelling installation, ‘Harrison’s Garden’ to Devon, ready for visitors to see when this exhibition opens to the public on Friday 14 July....
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Heritage partners respond to report on proposed Stonehenge tunnel

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and its heritage advisors ICOMOS International, have published a report on the Government’s developing plans for a major upgrade of the A303 which cuts across the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS). The early plans, which went to a first round of public consultation earlier this year, include proposals for the...
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Leading charities call on candidates to step up for nature

  The National Trust, RSPB, Devon Wildlife Trust and Dorset Wildlife Trust, who between them have over 1 million members in the South West, are calling for prospective general election candidates to help give wildlife a safer future and put the natural world at the forefront of their campaign....
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The National Trust outlines ambition to help restore Britain’s natural heritage

The National Trust today outlined ambitious plans to help reverse the decline in wildlife on all land in its ownership – including an aim to create 25,000 hectares (at least 5000 in the South West) of new habitats by 2025. As one of the country’s largest landowners, the Trust wants to play its part in...
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Britain’s most southerly lamb

A lamb born on on the most southerly farm in the country, at Tregullas Farm on the Lizard surprised National Trust tenant farmers with an early arrival....
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New research lands fin whale discovery at Cotehele, Cornwall

A giant jawbone in a Cornish stately home has at last been found to be from a fin whale – thanks to a mixture of cutting edge DNA analysis and archival research. The jawbones stand either side of a hall door at the National Trust’s Cotehele House, Cornwall. Each measures nine feet in length....
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Distinguished Horticultural Award for South West Garden expert

Ian Wright, National Trust Garden Consultant in the South West, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Associate of Honour’ for horticulture.  This is an award given to persons who have given distinguished service to the practice of horticulture by The Royal Horticultural Society. Ian received this award in recognition of his distinguished service to the practice...
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Nature-friendly farmers help make conservation breakthrough    

Twenty-five years of dedication to saving the cirl bunting as a breeding species in Britain has been rewarded, with the threatened bird’s population topping 1,000 pairs. Farmers in Devon and Cornwall have responded brilliantly and helped the RSPB make a giant step towards achieving conservation security for this farmland bird....
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This is how you create a sixty foot garland for the 60th time

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Cotehele’s garland celebrates diamond anniversary

Cotehele’s annual tradition of building a 60ft Christmas garland made up of thousands of flowers grown on the estate is turning 60 years old, and the team at the National Trust House and garden are celebrating. In honour of its diamond year, the gardeners have been sowing secret plans all year to give it a...
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South West Coast Path takes star turn on TV screens nationwide

A 5-part series about the South West Coast Path is to be broadcast nationwide from next Friday 18th November, with a primetime slot on BBC2 at 8.30pm. In this new series titled ‘Coastal Path’, explorer Paul Rose tells the story of the South West Coast Path, which at 630 miles, is England’s Longest National Trail...
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Cotehele Ranger James Robbins discovered a dormouse in ‘a torpid state’ in a nest box on the National Trust estate nr Saltash in Cornwall, during his autumn dormouse-check recently. ‘Dormice are fattening up for winter now,’ says James. ‘They gorge like mad on berries and nuts, especially hazel nuts, which they open in a characteristic...
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Walking into the record books for the last leg of the challenge

The last leg of the South West Coast Path Challenge comes to the Dorset coast on Saturday 29th October, along the final stretch of the South West Coast Path national trail. More than 12,000 miles have been pledged by people walking or running the coast path so far this month, smashing the record set last...
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‘A wake up call to everyone who loves nature’

It’s not too late to save UK nature but we must act now – that is the conclusion from a coalition of more than 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report. Following on from the groundbreaking State of Nature report in 2013, leading professionals from 53 wildlife organisations have...
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Join a National Trust Beach Clean

As part of the Great British Beach Clean week (16-19 September), organised by the Marine Conservation Society, the National Trust has a series of beach cleans taking place in Devon and Cornwall this September for volunteers to come along and help clear up their local beach. There are nearly 2,500 items of rubbish for every kilometre...
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The Lizard in Cornwall to becomes one of the largest National Nature Reserves in the South West

Natural England, The National Trust, and Cornwall Wildlife Trust are pleased to announce that the Lizard National Nature Reserve will be extended from today (31st August 2016). The Lizard Peninsula is one of the best locations in the country for wildlife, with a wealth of rare plants, invertebrates and habitats that make visiting the area...
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‘It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity’ says BBC Countryfile’s Julia Bradbury

Find out more about the campaign to care for Trevose Head for ever and for everyone here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trevose There are three easy ways to donate and support the Trevose Head campaign and the work of the National Trust: Online at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/trevose Phone the National Trust Supporter Services Centre on 0344 800 1895 Post a cheque,...
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Help protect and care for Trevose Head in Cornwall.

A £250,000 fundraising appeal is today (Tuesday 19th July 2016) being launched by the National Trust to raise money to protect and care for Trevose Head near Padstow in Cornwall. Trevose is one of Cornwall’s most prominent headlands. It comprises of 221.5 acres and National Trust ownership will ensure it is protected for ever, for...
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Monty Halls at first South West Outdoor Festival

TV personality and marine biologist Monty Halls, a former Royal Marines Officer who is famous for his televised escapades and adventures all over the planet, will be taking part in the first South West Outdoor Festival, at Heddon Valley in North Devon (23-25 September). The festival is being supported by numerous well-known names from the...
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Britain’s toughest and most scenic trail marathons – are you up for the challenge?

A trio of trail running challenges collectively promise to be one of the highlights of the first South West Outdoor Festival, which takes place in the heart of Heddon Valley in North Devon this September. (23-25 September) The main running events will take place on the Saturday morning of the weekend-long festival.  There are three...
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Celebrating our Magnificent Meadows

Meadows and other species-rich grasslands are a key part of the UK’s natural and cultural heritage. National Meadows Day this year takes place on Saturday 2nd July, each year it’s a chance to visit meadows at their peak, to celebrate them, have fun and raise awareness of this forgotten habitat....
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Partners in wild running and parenting

The South West is a mecca for outdoor sport and adventure. For the first time the South West Out-door Festival (23-25 September) brings them together in one unique place at Heddon Valley –Exmoor’s secret valley. The festival is being supported by numerous legends of the outdoor world that either hail from the region originally, or...
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Plymbridge Peregrine chicks have fledged

  There have been some new faces appearing at the Plym Peregrine Project appearing in the National Trust’s Plymbridge Woods, near Plymouth. In April the resident wild falcons were sat on 4 eggs on a ledge on a long-disused slate quarry, this marks the pairs 6th nesting year. In May the 4 chicks hatched, although...
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National Trust scything a way forward….

National Trust rangers on the Lizard are turning back the clocks, by putting their faith in the humble scythe.  These simple tools, which were the only way to gather in the harvest of hay and corn just a few generations ago, are making a come back for tasks such as cutting footpaths....
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‘The South West has so much to offer for the outdoor fanatic of today’

The South West is a mecca for outdoor sport and adventure.  For the first time the South West Outdoor Festival brings them together in one unique place – at Heddon Valley – Exmoor’s secret valley . The festival is being supported by numerous legends of the outdoor world who either hail from the region originally,...
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New EP captures sounds of Marconi’s Lizard

A new four-track EP ‘Marconi and the Lizard’ by musician and producer Joe Acheson is being released today following a week-long National Trust sound residency on the Lizard staying in the aptly named Wireless Cottage, in Cornwall in August 2015. The first-ever Trust sound residency, which was based at the hut where Guglielmo Marconi broadcast...
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Citizen science project on BBC Countryfile

This weekend the National Trust’s Cyril Diver Project will feature on BBC1’s Countryfile. Ellie Harrison, a presenter on the hit BBC show, visited the National Trust’s Purbeck Estate in Dorset earlier this month to learn about the Cyril Diver Project, a ground breaking citizen science project which has seen more than 200 volunteers surveying wildlife...
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Beacons will light up the sky for The Queen’s 90th Birthday

In celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations, beacons will be lit throughout the land at from 7.30 – 8.30pm on Thursday 21st April 2016. Ten locations at National Trust places are taking part in this important event marking a significant milestone in the Queen’s life. From Glastonbury Tor in Somerset to Chapel...
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Tickets on sale for the first South West Outdoor Festival (23-25 September)

The South West is a mecca for outdoor activities and adventure pursuits, and this year the inaugural South West Outdoor Festival is inviting everyone to come and explore the incredible range of opportunities that are taking place around one unique place: Heddon Valley in Exmoor National Park. Tickets are now on sale for the festival,...
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Natural Flood Management Project finalist in UK River Prize    

The National Trust Holnicote Natural Flood Management Project in West Somerset has been selected as a finalist for the River Restoration Centre 2016 UK River Prize, demonstrating a whole river approach to restoration and natural flood management. The UK River Prize celebrates the achievements of those individuals and organisations working to improve the natural functioning...
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A third more litter on our beaches

Beach litter increased by more than a third in just one year, according to Marine Conservation Society (MCS) figures released today. Run over one weekend last September, the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean saw thousands of volunteers survey and remove more than 275,000 pieces of litter from 340 beaches in England, Wales, Northern...
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Care of Dorset nature reserves

  The National Trust has now taken management control of three National Nature Reserves in Dorset. The National Trust and Natural England have a long history of partnership working on these and many other sites and visitors are unlikely to notice much difference on the ground.  The National Nature Reserve accolade, which is conferred by...
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Pink Bottles are merely a drop in the ocean

Justin Whitehouse, National Trust Ranger on the Lizard is one of the ‘Clean Cornwall’ inspiring people of Cornwall who are all playing a role in helping to stop litter spoiling the landscape and causing harm to wildlife. ‘When thousands of pink bottles washed up on Poldhu Cove on the Lizard Peninsula at the beginning of...
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Surveys reveals South West coastal wildlife jewels

Thousands of nature lovers and wildlife experts helped the National Trust record more than 3,400 species (1,729 in the South West) at twenty five of its places (three in the South West) along the coastline of England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the charity’s largest ever wildlife survey. From Brownsea Island in Dorset to Godrevy...
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Natural flood management at Holnicote

The weather this winter has been characterised by a series of storms battering the UK with gales, mountainous seas and record amounts of rainfall, causing misery, damage and disruption to homes, businesses, infrastructure and the landscape. In recent years, there has been a shift in focus in flood risk management recognising that, in addition to...
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Spring blooms early in the South West

National Trust Garden teams in the South West have recorded more flowers in bloom since 2008 in this year’s annual Valentine’s Flower Count, with nearly all gardens showing an increase in the amount of varieties of plants in bloom. 2,644 varieties of plants are in bloom in our gardens thanks to our topsy turvy weather...
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Christmas comes to Arlington Court

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...
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Your chance to go wild at the South West Outdoor Festival

The South West is set to become the centre of a celebration of alfresco adventures, when the National Trust’s new outdoor festival launches in the Heddon Valley on Exmoor, 23-25 September 2016....
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622 flowers an hour added to Cotehele’s bumper Christmas garland

After a very good growing season, National Trust staff and volunteers at Cotehele, nr Saltash in Cornwall, have nearly completed the process of creating the longest Christmas garland at any Trust property in the country. When they are finished, the process which began on Monday 2nd November, they will have created a 60 foot garland...
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National Trust calls for urgent action to manage threats to our coastline

New developments are still being built in areas at risk of coastal change Only one in three coastal planning authorities in England have the most up-to-date planning policy in place to deal with rising sea levels and more frequent storms Trust to develop action plans at 80 locations at risk of coastal change Trust champions...
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Good growing season boosts Cotehele’s garland by 40ft

After a very good growing season, National Trust staff and volunteers at Cotehele, nr Saltash in Cornwall, have nearly completed the process of creating the longest Christmas garland at any Trust property in the country. When they are finished, they will have created a 60 foot garland overhead containing 34,000 flowers plus a 40 foot...
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Ground-breaking mapping project reveals 50 years of land use change along the coast

Original survey carried out in 1965 to highlight the impact of development on our coastline has been updated to reveal land use changes 94% of coastline considered to be ‘pristine’ 50 years ago is now protected through the National Trust or through the planning system While three quarters (76%) of the coast remains undeveloped, urban/built-up...
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Coast Path Challenge draws to a close as final walk gets going in Swanage

The South West Coast Path Challenge in October 2015 is a fundraising event, which aims to set a new record for the number of times people can walk or run the Coast Path in one month. Participants can create their own challenge or join one of four organised 10 mile challenge walks – every mile...
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Join Bill Bailey & Monty Halls to support the Coast Path Challenge

Fancy a challenge? Join Bill Bailey and Monty Halls this month by taking part in the South West Coast Path Challenge to help protect the coastline. By registering your challenge and pledging your support on social media, you’ll be supporting a cause that is close to many people’s hearts and you could also win a...
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Discover Britain’s Ocean City from the water’s edge

Join the 10 mile Challenge walk in Plymouth on Saturday 24th October and experience more than 400 years of maritime history while helping to raise funds for its future. The walk sets out from Admiral’s Hard and continues along the waterfront to reveal a wealth of historic features from a restored naval base at Royal...
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Take part in tomorrow’s Coast Path Challenge on the Lizard

The South West Coast Path Challenge in October 2015 is a new fundraising event, which aims to set a new record for the number of times people can walk or run the Coast Path in one month. Participants can create their own challenge or join one of four organised 10 mile challenge walks – every...
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UK’s Largest Fly Found in South Devon

A survey of the National Trust farm at East Soar by a local group turned up more than was expected. The Hornet robberfly (Asilus crabroniformis) was discovered by local entomologists, and has not been recorded on the site since before 2000. The fly, the UK’s largest predatory species, is nationally scarce and rapidly declining due...
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THE NATION’S ODE TO THE COAST CELEBRATES OUR LOVE OF THE AWE INSPIRING COASTLINE

Over 11,500 contributions from the British public helped inspire the Nation’s Ode to the Coast The National Trust has thanked the nation, and celebrated the success of 50 years of the Neptune Coastline Campaign, by creating a film to launch the final ode featuring members of the public who shared why they #lovethecoast this summer...
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