Wellington Monument Champions sought

The National Trust's Wellington Monument on the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. (c)National Trust/Fran Stothard

People in and around Wellington, who are interested in becoming one of a small group of volunteers needed to support the Wellington Monument Project, have been asked to get in touch with the National Trust by 9 September.

Helen Sharp, National Trust Project Manager, explains: ‘We are looking for a small group of committed individuals at this stage. We’re calling them the ‘Monument Champions’ because we hope they will act as advocates within the local community.

The National Trust's Wellington Monument on the Blackdown Hills

The National Trust’s Wellington Monument on the Blackdown Hills (c)National Trust

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My Coast 2015 – Karen Barnard

Karen after a day volunteering with the National Trust Rangers installing some new footpath steps at Lundy Bay.

Karen after a day volunteering with the National Trust Rangers installing some new footpath steps at Lundy Bay.

As part of our Coastal Festival year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Neptune Campaign, we’ve asked volunteers, staff and partners to share with us why the coast is so important to them. Here’s the first one from a Karen Barnard, one of our coastal volunteers who found the pull of the coast so strong she up sticks and moved her family here.

“The North Cornwall Coast has had a pull on me since I was a child and we came down here on holiday. Strangely, I don’t recall a particular stretch: it was always just the image in my mind of the craggy cliffs and the roar of the sea. It was such a strong pull that at 34 years old I moved down here on my own with two small sons and have built a very happy life here.

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A journey around 300 miles of the South West Coast

Take a moment and enjoy a journey around the 300 miles of coastline cared for by the National Trust here in the South West.  The video is part of a year-long Coastal Festival of fundraising events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Neptune Coastline campaign, set up in 1965 to protect the coast from the threat of development and look after it for ever for the nation.

Throughout the year coastal events will be taking place at National Trust places across the South West.  From a series of mass Beach Cleans taking place this week to a Big Beach Picnic on the 4th July.

More details on the Coastal Festival here.

 

Simply called The South West Coast presented by the National Trust, the six-minute film takes the viewer on a breathtaking visual sightseeing tour of many of the region’s most dramatic sections of littoral, while a number of passionate rangers and ecologists give voice to why they love the Westcountry shore so much.

Read more: http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Stunning-video-celebrates-50th-anniversary-coast/story-26175145-detail/story.html#ixzz3UXnAvKnl
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It’s your coast – help us care for it

National Trust volunteers and staff cleaning Bossington Beach, on the Holnicote Estate, Exmoor National Park, Somerset.

National Trust volunteers and staff cleaning Bossington Beach, on the Holnicote Estate, Exmoor National Park, Somerset.

As part of the 2015 South West Coastal Festival which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Neptune Coastline Campaign, the National Trust is asking for volunteers to dress down, get dirty and help clean 17 beaches across the South West for the Big Beach Clean week 15th March – 22nd March.

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An army of volunteers at Brean Down

Conservation work is carried out at Brean Down throughout the year, however this December the National Trust site hosted a volunteer work party with a difference. 93 (North Somerset Yeomanry) Squadron of 39th Signal Regiment worked with the National Trust’s North Somerset rangers to carry out essential maintenance to the Fort at Brean Down, as well as scrub cutting and clearing bramble and hawthorn to improve the flora of the southern rampart of the Iron Age hill fort. Continue reading…