Avebury nominated for Countryfile award

Avebury stones

Avebury has been shortlisted as Heritage Site of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine awards 2014/15. Vote for Avebury here >>>http://www.countryfile.com/awards2014-15

Well known for its henge which is cared for by the National Trust, as well as other monuments in the wider landscape, Avebury was chosen against some strong competition for the awards shortlist. Now the poll has been opened up for the public to vote for their favourite places. Continue reading…

New beach dog walking group say “Pooch yes, poo no”

Pooopin group at Cogden August 2014 (c) National Trust


Although most dog owners visiting Cogden and Hive Beach do the right thing by either taking their dog’s poo home or by using one of the bins provided, a new National Trust dog walking group has been set up to spread the words to others through the group named ‘Pooo Pin’ or ‘Poo out people in’. Continue reading…

Can you help tell the story of Allerford Forge?

Allerford Forge Joe Davis, shoeing a horse, 1940

Stories, memories and photographs of one of the oldest businesses on Exmoor are being sought by the National Trust to help illustrate its rich history to visitors.

Allerford Forge – next door to the Allerford Museum – is at the heart of the Holnicote Estate in the Exmoor National Park. The estate is one of the largest to be donated to the National Trust and is home to more than 200 tenants including farms, cottages and commercial businesses – with Allerford Forge being one of the oldest businesses on the estate. Continue reading…

Careful management ensures Christmas symbol continues to thrive

-Work has begun on removing hundreds bunches of one of the traditional symbols of Christmas, mistletoe, at Cotehele , one of the few National Trust locations in the South West where mistletoe is thriving.

Chris Groves, National Trust Orchard Officer at Cotehele explains how the traditional orchard provides a perfect habitat for mistletoe to flourish.  ‘Part of the essential conservation work we carry out at the property involves cutting it back and removing the distinctive mistletoe clumps.  This work helps encourage a healthy growth of both male and female mistletoe and ensures the mistletoe doesn’t overwhelm the trees it’s growing on.

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Horse power at Wellington Monument

Wellington Monument heavy horse - Kate Mobbs-Morgan and horse

Work on National Trust woodlands surrounding Wellington Monument in the Blackdown Hills, will begin with some unusual help using heavy horses to haul timber.

Over the next few years the National Trust are planning to undertake woodland management surrounding the Wellington Monument to help improve the structure and habitat for wildlife. At the same time, there will also be opportunities to open up and improve the views across Taunton Vale to the Brendon and Quantock Hills once again. Continue reading…

Frogs eager to breed in Cornwall

Frog spawn on the Lizard

Frog spawn on the Lizard

The common frog Rana temporaria is a familiar sight across the UK. In any shallow standing water you are likely to come across tell-tale clumps of spawn, and tadpoles and froglets vying for survival, not above eating their siblings if needs must!

But just when can you expect to find frogspawn and tadpoles in your local pond? The simple answer might be spring for spawn, and summer for tadpoles, but delve deeper and this doesn’t quite stand up to scrutiny.

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Unveiling of World War I Commemorative Stone at Drewsteignton

Armistice Day memorial Sundial created by Stonemason's at Castle Drogo and given to the village of Drewsteignton

Armistice Day memorial Sundial created by Stonemason’s at Castle Drogo and given to the village of Drewsteignton

A World War I commemorative stone sundial was unveiled in Drewsteignton Village Garden yesterday, marking Remembrance Day.

Tim Cambourne, Castle Drogo Project Manager said: ‘There is a very close connection between the Trust and the residents of Drewsteignton and surrounding villages.  Many of the craftsmen working on the castle enlisted along with Julius Drewe’s three sons.

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Keeping grazing cattle safe on Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons

Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire

After more than ten years of consultation, cattle grids are to be installed to keep safe the cattle whose grazing ensures the commons are maintained for the enjoyment of future generations.

The first cattle grids, costing over £117,000 have been funded by a grant of £75,000 from SITA Trust through its Landfill Communities Fund with additional support from Natural England. Continue reading…

Ghost boats to arrive in Bristol’s best loved woodland

Withdrawn mock up - Lukejerram

Renowned artist Luke Jerram and the National Trust have announced details of the landmark art project, Withdrawn, which is funded by Arts Council England as part of the Bristol 2015 European Green Capital programme.

From April 2015 Luke Jerram invites visitors to Leigh Woods to experience an unexpected encounter with a flotilla of abandoned fishing boats installed in the depths of the woodland. Continue reading…