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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Wellington Monument Champions sought

The National Trust's Wellington Monument on the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. (c)National Trust/Fran Stothard

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 at this stage. We’re calling them the ‘Monument Champions’ because we hope they will act as advocates within the local community.

The National Trust's Wellington Monument on the Blackdown Hills

The National Trust’s Wellington Monument on the Blackdown Hills (c)National Trust

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Saltram unveils £146k plans for improving multi-use pathways in parkland

Visitors at Saltram estate in summer time, Devon.

The National Trust has teamed up with Sport England to invest £146,000 into the existing pathways at Saltram’s parkland to provide better access for their outdoor users.

The parkland at Saltram already provides access to amazing countryside which is visited by hundreds of people, who both support the Trust and value the chance to experience and enjoy the outdoors. Thanks to Sport England the Trust now has the opportunity to resurface and make these spaces better for people to walk, run and cycle at Saltram.

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South West wins big at National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards announced at BBC Countryfile Live

Tregullas Farm web11 South West products (27 nationally) were bestowed with one of the food and farming industry’s highest honours, a National Trust Fine Farm Produce Award at BBC Countryfile Live yesterday, with Tregullas Farm, the most southerly farm on mainland Britain, winning the National Trust’s first-ever ‘Farming with Nature’ award.

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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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Dyrham Park launches programme of daily children’s activities this summer

Dyrham Children playing in meadow (c)National Trust / Tom Boden

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 do before you’re 11 ¾ challenge.

Dyrham Den Building at Dyrham Park (c) National Trust / Beth Weston

Dyrham Den Building at Dyrham Park (c) National Trust / Beth Weston

Just a stone’s throw away from the cities of Bath and Bristol, Dyrham Park has 270 acres of parkland, large formal garden and 17th-century house to explore.

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Help protect and care for Trevose Head in Cornwall.

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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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Monty Halls at first South West Outdoor Festival

Monty Halls

Monty Halls is a former Royal Marine BBC TV presenter, marine biologist, travel writer, public speaker and diver, Monty also conducts courses & trips from his shop in Dartmouth. Exploring the local environment.


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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 outdoor world who either hail from the region originally, or have gravitated here because of the wealth of exciting adventure opportunities that exist in the area.

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Britain’s toughest and most scenic trail marathons – are you up for the challenge?

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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 distances for trail hounds to choose from:

  • A full off-road marathon-length race
  • A half-marathon event
  • The popular 10km challenge.

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