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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Crowds of Valentine blooms herald the beginning of spring with 32% more plants in flower than the same time last year

  • Gardens in Cornwall have seen an increase of 33% more blooms than last year and Devon have gone up by 31%
  • Saltram closely followed by Knightshayes in Devon both have the most blooms out in any National Trust garden in the South West.

We all want to be individual and stand out from the crowd but in the garden world not all the flowers associated with spring are big individual show-offs, sometimes it’s about teaming up with your neighbours.

Snowdrops, daffodils, aconites, crocus, cyclamen …they may not be much to look as isolated individuals but they can be truly breath-taking and awe inspiring on mass.

National Trust garden teams have once again been out and about counting blooms for the annual Valentine’s Day Flower Count and are heralding the very beginnings of spring.

2,287 plants are blooming in this year’s 13th annual Valentine’s Flower cunt, 32% up on last year’s figure of 1,737, although numbers are down on 2016 where the south west saw 2,644 blooms. Both Cornwall and Devon have seen an increase this year with 33% & 31% more blooms despite the recent cold snap.

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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…

‘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).

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