Rare handkerchief tree in bloom at National Trust’s Dunster Castle

Handkerchief in flower (c)National Trust/John Miller

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, the flowers look like a collection of hankies or white birds ruffling their feathers, meaning it’s sometimes known as the Dove Tree or Davidia involucrate.  Visitors will be able to see the tree for around three weeks when it flowers, until the end of May.  Continue reading…

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 and one of the world’s best loved walks. It’s also considered to be one of the biggest challenges yet for Paul Rose whose adventures have taken him all over the world.

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Walking into the record books for the last leg of the challenge

christine-hammond-70The 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 year of 10,000 miles clocked up during the inaugural event.

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Stepping up to the South West Coast Path Challenge 2016

Following the inaugural South West Coast Path Challenge in 2015, the next great stomp for charity kicks off on Saturday for a month-long series of events to raise funds to help protect this National Trail.

Organised by the South West Coast Path Association in partnership with the National Trust, registered participants are invited to set their own challenge or take part in one of the organised walks taking place throughout October.

Beginning with a 10-mile walk from Minehead to Porlock on Saturday, around 70 people are taking part, completing the first leg of the 630-mile route that provides continuous coastal access around the entire south west peninsula. Continue reading…

‘A wake up call to everyone who loves nature’

leigh-woods-meadows-day-2It’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 pooled expertise and knowledge to present the clearest picture to date of the status of our native species across land and sea. The report reveals that over half (56 per cent) of UK species studied have declined since 1970, while 15 per cent (1,199 of the nearly 8,000 species assessed in the UK) are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether.

Harry Barton, chief executive of Devon Wildlife Trust, said: “This report provides the most detailed picture of the state of our wildlife ever. There are some successes to be proud of here in Devon, beavers, otters and little egrets among them, but overall the tide continues to move rapidly in the wrong direction. More than half the world’s wildlife has disappeared since 1970. It is still within our gift to turn this around and recover much of that loss. But if we want to avoid a similar disastrous decline over the next generation, all of us are going to have to do much more, think a lot more radically, and be far braver.”   Continue reading…

Join a National Trust Beach Clean

beach-clean-imageAs 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 on a beach [1] and every year National Trust staff and volunteers use valuable time cleaning up the beaches it clears for and the Trust is calling for everyone to take some time, get out and help clear their local beach.

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The Lizard in Cornwall to becomes one of the largest National Nature Reserves in the South West

177487smNatural 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 is a must for nature lovers.

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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:

  1. Online at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/trevose
  2. Phone the National Trust Supporter Services Centre on 0344 800 1895
  3. Post a cheque, made payable to ‘National Trust’, with ‘Trevose campaign’ written on the back of the cheque, can be posted to: National Trust, Supporter Services Centre, National Trust, PO Box 574, Rotherham S63 3FH

 

 

Making space for Nature at Trevose Head

 

The National Trust has just launched a £250,000 fundraising campaign to help care for Trevose Head in North Cornwall.

When the sale is completed in late September, one of the first things the Trust will be doing is undertaking a bio-survey of the existing habitats and wildlife increasing the understanding of what is currently there, helping to shape conservation work that will ensure this spectacular Cornish headland is managed appropriately for nature.

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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 everyone, joining many other beautiful stretches of Cornish coastline protected by the Trust for people to enjoy.

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