£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…

Volunteers helped National Trust rangers in Dorset give the Cerne Giant its annual haircut

The Romano-British Cerne Giant, thought to be Hercules, carved in chalk in the hillside at Cerne Abbas in Dorset (c)National Trust Images


Mild, wet autumn weather has resulted in above-average grass growth on the hillside, near Dorchester, threatening to obscure the Giant.

Rob Rhodes, National Trust Countryside Manager for West Dorset, said: “Record grass growth meant that the Cerne Giant was looking a bit sorry for himself. The sheep that graze the hillside throughout the year needed a bit of help from our ten volunteers and five rangers.” Continue reading…

Father Christmas returns to his stable grotto at Arlington Court


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


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…

Nature-friendly farmers help make conservation breakthrough    

Twenty-five years of dedication to saving the cirl bunting as a breeding species in Britain has been rewarded, with the threatened bird’s population topping 1,000 pairs.

Farmers in Devon and Cornwall have responded brilliantly and helped the RSPB make a giant step towards achieving conservation security for this farmland bird.

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The Fox Talbot Museum acquires historic photographic collection of international significance

Lacock table top showing items from the Fenton Collection (c)National Trust/Roger Watson

An extraordinary collection of early photographic technology and images is being transferred from the British Film Institute to the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock in Wiltshire, thanks to a £36,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and support from Art Council England’s Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Materials (PRISM) fund.

Lacock table top showing items from the Fenton Collection (c)National Trust/Roger Watson

Lacock table top showing items from the Fenton Collection (c)National Trust/Roger Watson

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A very Victorian Christmas at Tyntesfield

A Very Victorian Christmas (c)National Trust/Steve Haywood

A totally immersive and characterful Victorian Christmas will be taking place at Tyntesfield during this year’s festive period.

From 26 November to 2 January visitors will be able to experience the festive life of Tyntesfield’s Victorian owners; the Gibbs and their servants, as they prepare for and enjoy the Christmas.

A Very Victorian Christmas (c)National Trust/Steve Haywood

A Very Victorian Christmas (c)National Trust/Steve Haywood


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Cotehele’s garland celebrates diamond anniversary

Cotehele’s annual tradition of building a 60ft Christmas garland made up of thousands of flowers grown on the estate is turning 60 years old, and the team at the National Trust House and garden are celebrating.

In honour of its diamond year, the gardeners have been sowing secret plans all year to give it a new look, which today was revealed.

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