‘Some might say being paid to love and care for trees and woodlands in the South West sounds like a pretty near perfect job, and I would have to agree with them’, said Ben Norwood, National Trust Trees and Woodlands Advisor.

‘My role as a Trees & Woodlands Advisor does however mean I spend a significant amount of time on the road travelling from place to place, but it does give me time to think and what better time to think about trees than during National Tree Week (25 Nov – 3 Dec).

Continue reading…

Christmas comes to Arlington Court

Yvette Jones, Arlington Court's catering supervisor made the gingerbread mansion out of cookies bourbon biscuits & gingerbread, it took around 40 hours to complete and takes two people to lift it!

Yvette Jones, Arlington Court’s catering supervisor made the gingerbread mansion out of cookies bourbon biscuits & gingerbread, it took around 40 hours to complete and takes two people to lift it!

Christmas will take on a whole new look at Arlington Court this year as the house, carriage museum and grounds are decorated with 100 different types of crafted or decorated trees from this Saturday (21st November).

A dedicated ‘Christmas committee’ at Arlington Court have been planning this year’s decorations since February, and creating, storing and installing the trees has been a great team effort.

Continue reading…

Stourhead celebrates the first hints of Autumn

Stourhead autumn colours on a misty morning

A warm September and unremarkable summer could hold the secret to one of the most spectacular autumn colour seasons at Stourhead in Wiltshire.

The National Trust gardeners at Stourhead are hopeful that the trees and shrubs have benefitted from the gentle British summer this year and are set to put on a beautiful display around the lake at Stourhead.
Continue reading…

Views from Wellington Monument to be re-established

Wellington Monument

Wellington Monument on the Blackdown Hills in Somerset.

The National Trust plans to re-open spectacular views across the Taunton Vale by removing trees from the upper slopes of the Wellington Monument site in response to local opinion.

Nigel Garnsworthy, Countryside Manager, says: ‘The most frequent comment we get about the site is that it’s a real shame people can no longer benefit from the views that reach across to Exmoor and the Quantock Hills.  We’re really pleased now to respond to what local people want.’

Continue reading…