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.
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…
More than 12,000 miles have been pledged by people walking or running the coast path so far this month, smashing the record set last year of 10,000 miles clocked up during the inaugural event.
The National Trust team at Stourhead, in Wiltshire, are working with experts from Cliveden Conservation to restore the worn lettering to a quote written by Alexander Pope in the first half of the 18th century and carved into the curved marble slab situated in the Grotto .
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.
Scientists from the ‘Eye Tracking Collective.landscape architecture’ at the Osnabrueck University of Applied Sciences in Germany are working with the National Trust’s Stourhead in Wiltshire to study how visitors to the world-famous garden interact with the landscape around them.
This weekend the National Trust’s Cyril Diver Project will feature on BBC1’s Countryfile.
Ellie Harrison, a presenter on the hit BBC show, visited the National Trust’s Purbeck Estate in Dorset earlier this month to learn about the Cyril Diver Project, a ground breaking citizen science project which has seen more than 200 volunteers surveying wildlife and plants on the South Haven Peninsula.
Timbers found by National Trust rangers on Studland Beach after Storm Katie swept through may be from the wreck of a 17th-century Dutch ship which has excited experts since its discovery in 1990.
The so-called Swash Channel wreck, near the entrance to Poole Harbour, has been described as the most significant maritime archaeology project in Britain since the raising of the Mary Rose in 1982.
The National Trust has now taken management control of three National Nature Reserves in Dorset.
The National Trust and Natural England have a long history of partnership working on these and many other sites and visitors are unlikely to notice much difference on the ground. The National Nature Reserve accolade, which is conferred by Natural England, confirms that the National Trust has the required expertise and resources to manage these sites to the highest standards and has committed to continue to do so.
The National Trust have teamed up with Purbeck Arts Weeks Festival to host an evening recital of Mozart’s music, performed by international musicians in the grand saloon at Kingston Lacy, Dorset, on Sunday 13 March. Continue reading…