A Spanish visitor to Kingston Lacy

A unique landscape by artist Diego Velázquez, painted for King Philip IV of Spain, has left the National Gallery in London for the first time, to be exhibited at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy in Dorset. – Miranda Terry Conservation Assistant pictured

A unique landscape by artist Diego Velázquez, painted for King Philip IV of Spain, is on loan from the National Gallery in London for the first time, and is exhibited at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy in Dorset. Continue reading…

Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

Snowdrops flowering in the garden at Kingston Lacy Dorset ©National Trust / Images James Dobson

Kingston lacy, a National Trust estate near Wimborne, Dorset, is famous for its snowdrop display.  The snowdrop walk stretches through the 40-acre garden for one and a half miles.  Even without the cold weather needed to encourage the snowdrops to bloom the team are still expecting a good display throughout late January and February.

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Christmas lights up with a new illuminating tradition at Kingston Lacy

For the first time, visitors to Kingston Lacy will be able to enjoy an illuminated Christmas trail as part of a month-long celebration of the season’s traditions. With extended opening hours seven days a week, the team at Kingston Lacy is continuing the spirit of the Bankes family by inviting visitors to explore and create new traditions and memories with friends, family and loved ones. Continue reading…

Tree work being carried out on Beech Avenue at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy beech avenue (c) National Trust

Kingston Lacy beech avenue (c) National Trust

 Some more remedial tree surgery is due to start shortly on the famous Beech Avenue at Kingston Lacy.

 The surgery will be carried out to 16 trees on the 180-year-old avenue – as well as removing one tree which was toppled in the storms at New Year. The work is due to start on Monday 10 February and will involve the use of traffic control on the B3082 past Badbury Rings. Continue reading…

Duke of Wellington’s tree at Kingston Lacy

The National Trust owns more old and significant trees than any other organisation in the UK including some of international importance such as the Tolpuddle Martyr’s tree or Newton’s apple tree and takes the responsibility of looking after these very seriously. The Trust spends significant resources every year surveying these trees and carrying out work to enhance their useful lives and many staff and external arboricultural consultants and contractors are involved with this.  However for various reasons and no matter how important they are, it is not possible to keep all trees indefinitely but the need to make difficult decisions like the one to remove the Duke of  Wellington’s cedar at Kingston Lacy are fortunately very rare. 

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