Edwardian engine runs for the first time in 100 years

Engine awaiting restoration, Brownsea Island (c)National Trust/Phil Pickering

An exceptional example of British Edwardian engineering has been brought back to working order by a team of highly skilled and dedicated volunteers, working with the National Trust at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset. The engine dates back from around 1907 and it is thought to be the only one of its kind to remain in its original location in the former engine house on Brownsea Island.  Originally installed to supply electricity to Brownsea Castle, the engine sat derelict for decades, its glory of olden days stripped away and in pieces.

Members of the team involved in the restoration of the Engine at Brownsea Island ©National Trust/Adam Poole

Members of the team involved in the restoration of the Engine at Brownsea Island ©National Trust/Adam Poole

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Clouds Hill: Desert to Dorset

A visitor relaxing in the garden at Clouds Hill ©National Trust/Tony Gill

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.

Bronze bust of T E Lawrence by Eric Kennington in the Book Room at Clouds Hill ©National Trust/John Hammond

Bronze bust of T E Lawrence by Eric Kennington in the Book Room at Clouds Hill ©National Trust/John Hammond

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Making a house a home – volunteers needed at Max Gate, Hardy’s Cottage, and Clouds Hill, Dorset

National Trust volunteer, Annette Joyce, at Clouds Hill ©National Trust/Martin Stephen

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.

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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…

Walking into the record books for the last leg of the challenge

christine-hammond-70The last leg of the South West Coast Path Challenge comes to the Dorset coast on Saturday 29th October, along the final stretch of the South West Coast Path national trail.

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.

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Stourhead restores Alexander Pope Quote

Pictures By Steven Haywood - The recarving an Alexander Poper inscription at the Grotto at National Trust's Stourhead Grotto, -using the traditional methods and tools.

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 [1].

The recarving an Alexander Poper inscription at the Grotto at National Trust's Stourhead Grotto (c)National Trust/Steven Haywood

The recarving an Alexander Pope inscription at the Grotto at National Trust’s Stourhead Grotto (c)National Trust/Steven Haywood

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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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Eye Tracking comes to Stourhead

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.

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Eye Tracking glasses inside the Pantheon, Stourhead (c)National Trust/Steven Haywood

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Citizen science project on BBC Countryfile

Ellie Harrison from BBC Countryfile and Lorraine Munns, a Bournemouth University student who did a research Msc on wood ants and silver studded blue butterflies which was part funded by a Cyril Diver project bursary

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.

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