Ambitious plans to transform the garden at Dyrham Park have been given a boost thanks to a £100,000 legacy from two local garden enthusiasts. Continue reading…
The youngest head gardener in the National Trust has just started worked at Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath.
Alice Palfrey, who is 29, already has seven years of National Trust gardening and rangering under her belt. She comes to her new role with both experience of looking after Prior Park, and enthusiasm to take the garden forward and continue the process of restoring it to its 1764 state and the time of creator Ralph Allen’s death. Continue reading…
To mark 100 years since T E Lawrence’s part in the Great Arab Revolt, the National Trust team at Clouds Hill in Dorset will be hosting an array of events from 6-21 May which explore the life of this secretive and fascinating man.
After almost 20 years as head gardener, Matthew Ward is leading his last guided tour, before hanging up his trowel and heading off with wife Hillary into a well-deserved retirement.
After 37 years as a National Trust gardener, Matthew has untold tales to tell and knowledge to impart. His 20 years at Prior Park have seen him lead a number of major restoration projects, in the aim to restore the garden to its 1764 state, and the time of creator Ralph Allen’s death. Continue reading…
A rarely found tree in the UK is currently in bloom in the tropical climate of the river garden at the National Trust’s Dunster Castle, near Minehead in Somerset. The warm, dry weather over recent months has meant that the unusual handkerchief tree has started to bloom earlier than usual.
When fluttering in the breeze, the flowers look like a collection of hankies or white birds ruffling their feathers, meaning it’s sometimes known as the Dove Tree or Davidia involucrate. Visitors will be able to see the tree for around three weeks when it flowers, until the end of May. Continue reading…
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.
Ian Wright, National Trust Garden Consultant in the South West, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Associate of Honour’ for horticulture. This is an award given to persons who have given distinguished service to the practice of horticulture by The Royal Horticultural Society.
Ian received this award in recognition of his distinguished service to the practice of horticulture throughout his 35 year career.
National Trust garden teams have just conducted their annual flower count for Valentine’s Day and although this year spring seems to be on the way, just as we would normally expect, but what is noticeable is how many scented plants are out in flower at this early time of year.
National Trust gardeners reported 1,737 plants blooming in this year’s 12th annual Valentine’s Flower count, 34% down on last year’s figure of 2,644. Although numbers are down on 2016, they are still higher than the previous three years.
For the second year running, Saltram had the highest number of flowers recorded with 176 blooms (193 in 2016).
The snowdrop has been voted the top spring flower for the fourth year running in a survey run with National Trust supporters on social media. The gardens at Cotehele, Lanhydrock, Kingston Lacy and Saltram have been voted the most popular places to see spring blooms. Continue reading…
Kingston lacy, a National Trust estate near Wimborne, Dorset, is famous for its snowdrop display. The snowdrop walk stretches through the 40-acre garden for one and a half miles. Even without the cold weather needed to encourage the snowdrops to bloom the team are still expecting a good display throughout late January and February.
The small cottages near Dorchester where Thomas Hardy and Lawrence of Arabia lived are charming to look at, but it’s the warm welcome of the volunteer guides there that turn them from houses into homes. On 1 March the National Trust will be opening the doors of Hardy’s Cottage, Clouds Hill and Max Gate, Hardy’s other home in the area, to visitors and the conservation charity is looking for more volunteers to help them do it.