A jagged jewel in the South West’s crown, Cheddar Gorge boasts the biggest inland cliffs in Britain – stunning features that frame the country’s largest gorge – and in September this year, wild sleepers will have a unique opportunity to camp on the canyon rim, above the world-famous crags and caves, amid the magical Mendip Hills, while enjoying all the activity taking place around England’s newest outdoor festival.
The National Trust team at Mompesson House in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close opened its doors for the 2017 season on the 11 March with a new exhibition and shop.
The National Trust shop at Stourhead reopens its door after having its first refit since it opened 15 years ago.
Stourhead shop opened its doors for the first time in May 2002 in a new purpose built building and despite welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, the shop has largely been untouched.
11 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.
Chedworth Roman Villa is hosting a week-long re-enactment event with the Roman Military Research Society re-creating Roman military and civilian life.
The Roman Military Research Society study, investigate and perform practical experiments to re-create, as accurately as possible, Roman military and civil life. They demonstrate the skills of the Roman Army and Romano-British people, including infantry, artillery, archery and everyday customs.
August was a rainy month for tourists and locals but there was one upside to the downpours however; the wet weather has made for a bumper crop of apples in the National Trust orchards at Killerton and the trees are heavy with fruit ready to be made into cider.
2014 was a memorable summer, but an apple crop to forget, producing only 3,000 litres of cider. But this year the trees are so full that the National Trust hopes to double its production.
24 South West products (62 nationally) were bestowed with one of the food and farming industry’s highest honours, a National Trust Fine Farm Produce Award, at a ceremony in London last night.
It was the first time – and fitting for the 10th anniversary – that so many products met or exceeded the strict judging criteria of the conservation charity’s food and farming awards.
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…
South West producers walk away with top Fine Farm Produce Awards including coveted ‘Overall Food Winner’
Neil and Sally Grigg’s Ruby Red Devon beef from Burrow Farm on the Killerton estate nr Exeter, has earned them the top title of ‘Overall Food Winner’ in the coveted Fine Farm Produce Awards, presented at Tyntesfield near Bristol today (2 September).
Most people associate pears with growing on trees, but for the first time at Dyrham Park near Bath gardeners are seeing the autumn fruit growing up the stable wall.
After years of training, the pears appear more like vines and have been proving quite the talking point at the National Trust park, garden and house. These pears, which can be seen all along the stable wall between the tea-room and the seventeenth century mansion house, are dark-coloured, traditional-shaped Black Worcesters, but Dyrham Park also has many other native pears. Continue reading…