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Withdrawn mock up - Lukejerram

Renowned artist Luke Jerram and the National Trust have announced details of the landmark art project, Withdrawn, which is funded by Arts Council England as part of the Bristol 2015 European Green Capital programme.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

Ancient battle site preserved for the future

The View from Burrow Wake on Birdlip Hill towards Crickley Hill, Stroud, Gloucestershire

The site of a battle that took place over 5000 years ago has been preserved for the enjoyment of future generations thanks to a National Trust project.

The archaeological remains at Crickley Hill suggest a battle took place there in around 3600BC. These remains were covered by the ramparts and ditches of an Iron Age hill fort over 2000 years ago and there is also evidence of occupation there from the 5th century when the Roman army left Britain. Continue reading…

Pantheon takes centre stage in autumn ‘performance’

Pantheon takes centre stage

Autumn may have been slow to arrive but now the landmark Pantheon at Stourhead is being framed in rich autumn colours, and is once more open to visitors after months of vital repairs.

Alan Power, Stourhead’s head gardener, and sometime media star, said: “The garden is showing definite signs of autumn, with strong pockets of colour arriving.

“To really appreciate the change that happens in autumn, you should visit a few times, to experience just how the garden develops throughout the season, and the how the landscape changes.” Continue reading…

Yarn-bombing an apple tree back to life

A 12 foot community yarn-bomb has exploded in the orchard at Killerton National Trust estate near Exeter. Pictured are Joan Tremblett and Renee Harvey both from Exeter. Picture by Steven Haywood

A 12 foot community yarn-bomb has exploded in the orchard at Killerton, near Exeter. The culprits are an army of 50 knitters and pom-pom bombers from across Devon and as far flung as Oregon in the United States.

Their combined efforts have burst Killerton’s retired apple tree back to life by entirely covering it in 400 individually knitted leaves, 50 apple-pompoms and hand-knitted woolly wildlife including game birds, squirrels, hedgehogs, frogs and a swarm of Killerton bees.

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Perry Pear Weekend at Dyrham Park

Harvesting pears at Dyrham Park (c) National Trust

Dyrham Park will be hosting a harvest celebration on 18-19 October. Over the last few weeks the estate has been joined by its visitors in collecting pears from its orchard, so that the fruit can be turned into ‘Dyrham Park Perry’. The celebratory weekend will be the first opportunity to try this year’s batch along with mulled and hot pear juice varieties. Continue reading…

Paradise at Tyntesfield and Leigh Woods

The Green Room (c) Paul Blakemore

The Green Room (c) Paul Blakemore

As part of PARADISE, the contemporary art exhibition at Tyntesfield and Leigh Woods, an exciting and diverse programme of events, talks and workshops delivered by national and international artists has been planned this autumn. These include: experiments with compost and gold leaf, family play weekends and discussions exploring the design of our environment. Continue reading…

Devon’s wild Beavers

The National Trust is aware of the beaver population living of the River Otter, east Devon, and the government’s plans to catch and remove them, re-homing them in captivity elsewhere.

Long-term, we would very much welcome the properly managed and monitored re-introduction of beavers to Britain. The beaver is an important and charismatic species, and could play a vital role in helping manage our rivers and countryside more naturally.

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BBC Antiques Roadshow coming to Barrington Court – 18 September

Fiona Bruce – BBC Antiques Roadshow ©BBC

Fiona Bruce – BBC Antiques Roadshow ©BBC

A chandelier found in Hitler’s bunker, a tie-pin possibly connected to Lord Nelson and a Staffordshire creamware pot that sat on top of a wardrobe for 25 years, yet was worth £14,300…just some of the Antiques Roadshow discoveries made so far.

The show’s back on the road and coming to Barrington Court in Somerset on Thursday 18 September. Entrance to the Roadshow is free, and it’s open from 9.30am to 4.30pm.So take a peek in the attic, look in the garage or think again about that piece on the sideboard inherited from granny.

Presenter Fiona Bruce, now in her seventh year with the Roadshow, said: “Every episode is different – a new location and thousands of new visitors. The only constant is the pleasure of the unexpected – we never know what will turn up, from a dazzling Russian Fabergé egg to an ancient Maori feather holder.” Continue reading…