The Cosmic Egg by Andrew Logan on display at National Trust’s Buckland Abbey

From the 19 February to 23 September 2018 visitors to Buckland Abbey in Devon will find something unexpected in the Great Barn this year. Sitting in the middle of the floor will be an enormous, glittering egg, created by sculptor and artist, Andrew Logan.

The monumental sculpture, which will be on display in the historic barn until September, is four meters high and was commissioned by the Greater London Council for Peace Year in 1983. Usually on display at the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture in Wales the Cosmic Egg this is a rare chance for locals to Buckland Abbey to see this beautiful piece. The egg reflects themes of spring rebirth and of course Easter. As a focus for reflection it also seems right to host the Cosmic Egg in a place chosen over 700 years ago by Cistercian monks as perfect for prayer and contemplation.

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Cliff falls and coast path closures

This winter Cornwall has been subject to high levels of wind and rain and National Trust properties, amongst others, have experienced the consequences with cliff falls and landslips closing access to some of our popular coastal places. As is the case every winter ranger teams and volunteers are busy repairing paths and managing the coast so that when summer comes around our beautiful places are there for everyone to enjoy. Continue reading…

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…

A very Victorian Christmas returns to Tyntesfield

Presents beside a bed at Tyntesfield (c) National Trust / Steve Haywood

Tyntesfield, just outside Bristol, is once more gearing up to transform for Christmas, offering visitors an immersive experience of a character driven Victorian Christmas.

From 25 November to 3 January visitors to the Tyntesfield estate, cared for by conservation charity, the National Trust, will be able to experience the festive life of its Victorian owners; the Gibbs and their estate workers, as they prepare for and enjoy the festive period. 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…