The National Trust outlines ambition to help restore Britain’s natural heritage

Large Blue Butterfly ©National Trust Images. Matthew Oates

The National Trust today outlined ambitious plans to help reverse the decline in wildlife on all land in its ownership – including an aim to create 25,000 hectares (at least 5000 in the South West) of new habitats by 2025.

As one of the country’s largest landowners, the Trust wants to play its part in addressing the dramatic slump in British species and improve soil quality and water quality in the countryside. An in-depth study of UK species last year found 56 per cent were in decline.

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Secret camera footage of otters show signs of recovery at Penrose

National Trust rangers and volunteers have recently placed secret cameras to capture the activity of a group of otters at Penrose on the Lizard. The conservation charity is now hoping that the camera footage will prove that the otter population is starting to make a return to the area.

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Joint statement on Highways England consultation on route options for A303 road improvement scheme

Highways England has put forward initial route options for a road improvement within the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS) which include a bored tunnel of at least 2.9km. These options for a potential scheme have been put to public consultation as one stage in an extensive process of pre-application engagement.

We believe that the proposals have the potential to deliver benefits for Stonehenge and its landscape, if sited and designed sensitively. Whilst the overall proposals are to be welcomed for the positive transformation which they could bring to the WHS, there are some aspects of what is currently presented in the consultation documents that will require significant improvement to ensure protection of the WHS. Continue reading…

Enchanting new christmas experience launches at Saltram

The team at Saltram are spending the next few days putting the finishing touches on their biggest and most enchanting Christmas yet.  The eighteenth century house and garden will be bringing to life fairy tales through the ages whilst also adding a new ‘must see’ for visitors, the illuminated garden. The historic garden will be awash with a glow as an evening walking trail is lit up with a rainbow of colours. Continue reading…

£1m boost to Wellington Monument’s future in Autumn Statement

Wellington Monument Illuminated (c)NationalTrust/FranStothard

A £1 million grant has been awarded towards urgent repairs of the Wellington Monument by Chancellor Philip Hammond’s in his first Autumn Statement earlier today.

The money comes from fines levied on the banking industry for manipulating the LIBOR rate. Today the government committed £102 million over the next 4 years to support good causes – with £1 million going to the repairs of the Wellington Monument. Continue reading…

Father Christmas returns to his stable grotto at Arlington Court

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Father Christmas will once again be stopping off at Arlington Court on 11 and 17-20 December from 12pm until 3pm.

For the third year running he will base his grotto in the Victorian stable block which is now a carriage museum. With less precious décor, the room can be made very festive and, as a bonus, even dogs will be able to visit and get a little treat. Continue reading…

Killerton to sparkle this Christmas with Brothers Grimm fairy tales

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A spell has been cast over Killerton this Christmas. For the first time, the National Trust property will be transformed into classic fairy tales with a festive twist from Saturday 19 November.

Each year to celebrate the start of Christmas, the staff step out of their day jobs and get into character for a specially-commissioned photoshoot with an added sprinkle of festive sparkle. This year, they portrayed Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood. Continue reading…

Stourhead comes alive with a tree top performance

Dramatic performance by Whispering Woods at Stourhead (c)National Trust/Martin Tompkins

This autumn the National Trust at Stourhead, Wiltshire, is hosting an aerial performance of ‘Red Threads’ by the talented Whispering Wood Folk.

The event, taking place on the 16 October at 2pm, will welcome the arrival of autumn and celebrate the wonderful display that nature creates in the Stourhead garden during the season.

Dramatic performance by Whispering Woods at Stourhead (c)National Trust/Martin Tompkins

Dramatic performance by Whispering Wood Folk at Stourhead (c)National Trust/Martin Tompkins

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