Welcome boost in the Heddon Valley to save UK’s rarest butterfly

The High Brown Fritillary, the UK’s most endangered butterfly, has been thrown a lifeline for 2018 in a new conservation project by the National Trust and partners.

The charity is embarking on ambitious plans to develop 60 hectares of lowland heath and wood pasture – the butterfly’s principle habitat – to give it a fighting chance for the future. The project has been made possible as part of a generous award of £750k made to the National Trust by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Continue reading…

Winterwatch comes to Sherborne in Gloucestershire

BBC Two’s Winterwatch presenters, (l-r) Martin Hughes-Games, Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Gillian Burke on the set of the programme at Sherborne © BBC

BBC Two’s Winterwatch returns to Gloucestershire next week to follow the wildlife which featured previously on Autumnwatch and Springwatch.

The presenters, Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Martin Hughes-Games and Gillian Burke will be seeing how the wildlife they have got to know over previously programmes is coping with the winter conditions. Continue reading…

Outstanding contribution by Volunteer Rangers recognised by leading outdoor retailer

Rohan recognising NT volunteers (c) National Trust

In recognition of the outstanding contribution that countryside volunteer rangers have made to the conservation of the Holnicote Estate, Rohan Ltd have generously sponsored every volunteer who has completed more than 50 hours volunteering during the past year. Continue reading…

A new natural play trail opens at Leigh Woods in Bristol

A new play trail has opened at Leigh Woods near Bristol, cared for by conservation charity the National Trust. The trail uses natural materials and includes a range of separate activities to encourage families to explore more of the woodland, which forms part of the Avon Gorge Site of Special Scientific Interest. Continue reading…

Bristol’s ancient trees to be protected thanks to a generous donation from SC Johnson

National Trust Ranger Janine Connor carrying out a condition survey (c) National Trust / Barry Batchelor

Some of the most important trees in the country, which grow within sight of Bristol, are to be conserved by conservation charity, the National Trust, thanks to support from SC Johnson.

The collection of ancient and veteran trees can be found across a number of Bristol and North Somerset places – including Leigh Woods, Tyntesfield, Shirehampton Park, Failand and Clevedon Court – and consists of one of the largest populations of ancient and veteran trees in the South West. Ancient trees of this kind, which are usually between 150 and 900 years old, are uncommon, under threat, and in need of specialist conservation to ensure their survival. Continue reading…

Discover countryside in the city this spring with a new National Trust guidebook

Bath Skyline - A view over Bath and the Priory path, Prior Park (c)National Trust/James Dobson.

This May, the National Trust hopes to get Bath residents and visitors exploring the Bath countryside with their new guidebook to the Skyline.

The fully-illustrated guidebook (RRP £6.99) contains three circular walking routes and a foreword by former Bath resident and celebrity baker Mary Berry.

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The South West Outdoor Festival presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to camp on the edge of the UK’s Grand Canyon

Cheddar Gorge, North looking South ©National Trust/Patrick Kinsella

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.   

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Prior Park head gardener retires after 20 years

Prior Park Matthew Ward retires (c)National Trust/Clare Green

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…