Terrence the lamb lends a hand at Arlington

Terrence the lamb with Head Ranger Murray Sharpe

Terrence with Head Ranger Murray Sharpe

Arlington Court in North Devon has a rather cute new member of staff in the shape of a Jacob Sheep lamb who is being hand reared by the Head Ranger Murray.

Terrence, who was part of a twin born to one of the historic herd of 65 Jacob sheep at the property, was very small when he was born and not expected to live and struggling to walk and so was taken away from his mum and he is now being are now being looked after Murray Sharpe, Arlington’s Head Ranger.

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Celebrating Penrose access improvements

DSC_5157 copyAn event to celebrate the completion of the Penrose Paths for Communities project took place on Friday 4th April at the Old Cattle Market in Helston to bring together a wide range of community groups and organisations who have all helped to support access improvements in the area.

The project has also seen the completion of the improved surfacing at Helston Drive, a new easy access route to avoid the coast path steps at Tye Rock, a new Bridleway route through Higher Penrose Farm and a new Boardwalk at Carminowe Creek. Continue reading…

Pedal power takes Lanhydrock up a gear

-Full of good intentions for a healthier and happier year ahead? Lanhydrock’s new cycle hub just made those resolutions a whole lot easier. Officially opening on Monday 3rd March, February 2014, these 10 kilometres of purpose-built, off- road cycle trails are the perfect escape for all the family, and even novice cyclists.

Dust down that neglected bike or simply hire one on site, and reconnect with the great outdoors all year round and whatever the weather. Weaving gently through majestic woodland on the Lanhydrock estate, the adventurous cycle trails fit perfectly into the landscape and are free for all to use.

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Flood Management Project shortlisted at the 2014 Climate Week Awards

Holnicote - looking towards the lower bund

Holnicote – looking towards the lower bund

A flood management demonstration project delivered by the National Trust, JBA Consulting and Penny Anderson Associates has been shortlisted at the 2014 Climate Week Awards.

The Holnicote Multi-Objective Flood Management scheme is one of four finalists in the ‘Best campaign or educational initiative category’.

Based around the catchment of two rivers – the Horner and Aller – the pioneering scheme was set up in 2009 to gather evidence for how land management changes, working with natural processes and partnership working with local people and contribute to reducing flood risk. Continue reading…

Glastonbury Tor named ideal place to take a date

Glastonbury Tor in evening light, Somerset (c) National Trust Images / Fay Godwin

Glastonbury Tor in evening light, Somerset (c) National Trust Images / Fay Godwin

 Glastonbury Tor has been named as the ideal place to take a date, after a survey by users of eHarmony.co.uk.

The dating site has launched the Great Date Guide – a list of nationwide venues approved and recommended by eHarmony couples – which includes Glastonbury Tor. Continue reading…

Play, make and do at the Leigh Woods Community Games

Children try archery (c) National Trust Images / John Millar

Children try archery (c) National Trust Images / John Millar

Leigh Woods’ first Community Games is being organised by the National Trust during half term with a host of sporting activities.

 During February half term the National Trust are organising all sorts of interactive activities for families – including the Community Games, which will run on Thursday 20 February between 10.00am and 2.00pm. Everybody is invited to go along and join in for free. Continue reading…

Commitment of Volunteer Rangers Appreciated by Rohan UK

Rohan Presentation (c) National Trust

In recognition of the outstanding contribution that volunteers have made to the conservation, maintenance and presentation of the Holnicote Estate, the Rohan Country Store in Dunster have once again generously sponsored every volunteer who has completed more than 50 hours of countryside conservation work during the past year. Continue reading…

Tiptoe through the snowdrops at Fyne Court

The unusually mild winter has brought out snowdrops earlier than normal at Fyne Court, the National Trust property nestling in the Quantock Hills.  The mild weather has led to early snowdrops being spotted in December, and throughout January clumps of the popular bulbs at Fyne Court have been seen.

Early Snowdrops at Fyne Court, Somerset (c) National Trust / APEX

Early Snowdrops at Fyne Court, Somerset (c) National Trust / APEX

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Brownsea Island voted nation’s favourite nature reserve

Birds silhouetted on the lagoon at Brownsea Island, Dorset.As birdwatchers and other visitors prepare to take up the chance of a rare winter visit to Brownsea Island, the National Trust owned property has just been declared the country’s favourite nature reserve.

The island, which will be open on weekends from 8 February, was nominated for the award by the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine and came out top of a public poll.

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