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…

Natural flood management at Holnicote

Allerford 4The weather this winter has been characterised by a series of storms battering the UK with gales, mountainous seas and record amounts of rainfall, causing misery, damage and disruption to homes, businesses, infrastructure and the landscape.

In recent years, there has been a shift in focus in flood risk management recognising that, in addition to conventional flood measures, more can be achieved by allowing the land to function more naturally.  This natural flood management is at the core of an exciting demonstration flood project at the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate in Exmoor.

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Flood Management Project shortlisted at the 2014 Climate Week Awards

Holnicote - looking towards the lower bund

Holnicote – looking towards the lower bund

A flood management demonstration project delivered by the National Trust, JBA Consulting and Penny Anderson Associates has been shortlisted at the 2014 Climate Week Awards.

The Holnicote Multi-Objective Flood Management scheme is one of four finalists in the ‘Best campaign or educational initiative category’.

Based around the catchment of two rivers – the Horner and Aller – the pioneering scheme was set up in 2009 to gather evidence for how land management changes, working with natural processes and partnership working with local people and contribute to reducing flood risk. Continue reading…

Commitment of Volunteer Rangers Appreciated by Rohan UK

Rohan Presentation (c) National Trust

In recognition of the outstanding contribution that volunteers have made to the conservation, maintenance and presentation of the Holnicote Estate, the Rohan Country Store in Dunster have once again generously sponsored every volunteer who has completed more than 50 hours of countryside conservation work during the past year. Continue reading…

Somerset site gives glimmer of hope for ash dieback disease

Trees in a Somerset plantation have survived with ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) for far longer than previously thought possible, suggesting there may be potential to slow the spread of the disease in the British countryside after all.

Only ten per cent of the six thousand ash trees at the Holnicote plantation are showing any signs of the disease, despite having been infected for five years longer than any other tree in the UK so far. Continue reading…