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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...
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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...
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Kingston Lacy explores the life and exile of William John Bankes as part of National Trust’s ‘Prejudice & Pride’ programme

EXILE – 18 September – 12 November, Kingston Lacy, Dorset A bold new installation at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy in Dorset marks fifty years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. It examines the exile of former owner William John Bankes and reveals both its significance for understanding the house that is seen today and...
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Have archaeologists found a lost mansion of Devon at Killerton?

Archaeologists working with the National Trust’s Killerton estate believe they may have found the location of the lost Killerton mansion that was started in 1775, but never completed. The lost house was re-discovered almost by accident. Rumours of the mansion, three times bigger than the surviving building at Killerton and more befitting of the Acland...
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Spring is on the way; you can smell it

National Trust garden teams have just conducted their annual flower count for Valentine’s Day and although this year spring seems to be on the way, just as we would normally expect, but what is noticeable is how many scented plants are out in flower at this early time of year. National Trust gardeners reported 1,737...
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Joint statement on Highways England consultation on route options for A303 road improvement scheme

Highways England has put forward initial route options for a road improvement within the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS) which include a bored tunnel of at least 2.9km. These options for a potential scheme have been put to public consultation as one stage in an extensive process of pre-application engagement. We believe that the proposals...
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Start of the public consultation on the Stonehenge/A303 tunnel scheme

Historic England, English Heritage and the National Trust welcome Highways England’s public consultation on initial options to improve the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down, and the inclusion of a tunnel scheme of at least 2.9km to remove much of the A303 road from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site....
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Father Christmas returns to his stable grotto at Arlington Court

Father Christmas will once again be stopping off at Arlington Court on 11 and 17-20 December from 12pm until 3pm. For the third year running he will base his grotto in the Victorian stable block which is now a carriage museum. With less precious décor, the room can be made very festive and, as a...
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Killerton to sparkle this Christmas with Brothers Grimm fairy tales

A spell has been cast over Killerton this Christmas. For the first time, the National Trust property will be transformed into classic fairy tales with a festive twist from Saturday 19 November. Each year to celebrate the start of Christmas, the staff step out of their day jobs and get into character for a specially-commissioned...
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Stepping up to the South West Coast Path Challenge 2016

Following the inaugural South West Coast Path Challenge in 2015, the next great stomp for charity kicks off on Saturday for a month-long series of events to raise funds to help protect this National Trail. Organised by the South West Coast Path Association in partnership with the National Trust, registered participants are invited to set...
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Rare chance to see Grayson Perry tapestry at Castle Drogo

A rare chance to see a vibrant tapestry by artist Grayson Perry, created for his popular Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman exhibition at The British Museum, is set to be displayed at the National Trust’s Castle Drogo from Saturday 5th March. The 15ft wide Map of Truths and Beliefs, created by Perry in 2011, will...
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Fashion to dye for

A rainbow of rare designer pieces, ‘toxic’ colours and secret dye recipes were revealed as the National Trust delved into its wardrobe of over 20,000 pieces from Killerton’s fashion collection for the latest exhibition, Fashion to dye for.  ...
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Thousands of pink bottles washed up on Cornish coast

On January 4 2016, thousands of bright pink detergent bottles have been washed up on Poldhu beach on the Lizard Peninsula, part of the West Cornwall coastline cared for by the National Trust.  Justin Whitehouse, National Trust Lead Ranger on the Lizard Peninsula, said: “We were alerted to the bottles yesterday and started collecting them...
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Christmas at Trelissick

Lights are in place, the trees are up, the wine is mulling and the straw is down ready for the arrival of Father Christmas’ reindeer as the National Trust’s team finalise preparations to welcome thousands to one of the counties best loved festive days out – Christmas at Trelissick....
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Charting North Devon and Exmoor’s unique seascape

For the first time, the iconic coastline and surrounding seas of North Devon and Exmoor have been studied in meticulous detail. Published this month, a new report North Devon and Exmoor Seascape Character Assessment  not only celebrates the many, valued natural, cultural and perceptual aspects of both land and sea but will also become a...
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe brings a festive chill to Killerton

Killerton House will throw open its festive doors on Saturday 21 November to unveil its much anticipated Christmas transformation inspired by ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, by C.S. Lewis. The National Trust property, just outside of Exeter, invites visitors to step through the wardrobe and embark on a festive journey to experience the...
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Walk the South West Coast Path this October (and be in with the chance to win a Go Pro Camera)

Did you know it costs at least £1000 to look after just one mile of coast path? As part of this year’s coastal celebrations the National Trust is raising much needed funds to maintain the coastal scenery enjoyed by millions of visitors every year. Join us this October for the South West Coast Path Challenge and...
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Book that helped Henry VIII annul his marriage is discovered

A book that helped King Henry VIII to build his case against the Pope, and annul his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, has been discovered at the National Trust’s Lanhydrock in Cornwall.  Now the book is to be the centrepiece of a new exhibition at the house where visitors will be able...
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Replanting Knightshayes with 12,000 trees

The woodland at Knightshayes, near Tiverton, is undergoing a programme of regeneration, with the ranger team replanting over 12,000 trees over the next three years....
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Killerton canters on with conservation grazing

This week a herd of 10 Dartmoor ponies took up temporary residence on an extinct volcano at Killerton estate near Exeter. Dolbury Hill is the tree-lined backdrop to Killerton House, known locally as ‘The Clump’, which is steeped in 3000 years of history. The hill’s rare geology and relics of an Iron Age Hill Fort...
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Discover the great outdoors with The National Trust South West

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Win Your Very Own National Trust Experience

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Riding high on ply – 12th World Bellyboard Championships

  All across the UK and around the globe preparations are under way for the World Bellyboard Championships on Sunday 7 September. Organised and hosted by the National Trust, the event is helping to raise awareness of coastal issues following a winter of increased storm activity and accelerated natural processes around our coastline....
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Local college students help hedgehogs at Knightshayes

Hedgehog numbers are on the decline in Britain, partly due to loses of suitable habitats, but students on the National Citizen Service (NCS) government scheme are working in partnership with Petroc College, Tiverton and Knightshayes to help boost the local hedgehog population....
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TAKE IT OUTSIDE! National Trust campaigns to connect 200,000 kids with the natural world

The National Trust is aiming to get 200,000 kids playing outside this summer as part of its commitment to connect the ‘cotton wool generation’ with nature. By September we hope to have helped one in twenty of Britain’s 7-12 year olds (5 per cent[1]) break their reliance on gadgets and computers for entertainment, and experience...
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A walk on the wild side

Fyne Court in the heart of the Quantock Hills is undergoing a quiet transformation and perhaps not in the obvious way. Often referred to as a hidden gem, the large house and landscaped gardens have long been lost to fire and the wilds. Rather than opting to restore the garden to its former glory, the...
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National Trust launches coastal appeal in bid to buy Bantham beach and Avon estuary

A multi-million pound fundraising appeal is being launched today by the National Trust in a bid to raise money to acquire Bantham beach and the Avon estuary in South Devon. One of the finest estuaries in South West England and the best surfing beach in south Devon, this coastline is a place that has captured...
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Adapting to a future where defence is the last resort

   A clear national strategy is urgently needed to help coastal areas adapt to the twin pressures of rising sea levels and extreme weather, according to a new report published today by the National Trust which now cares for one in three miles of the South West coast of England.  As one of the UK’s...
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Adapting to a changing coastline

  In light of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, reliance on coastal defence as the primary strategy looks less plausible now. As highlighted in our new National Trust report Shifting Shores – Adapting to change  we need to have policies that explain and support adaptation.  Adaptation is all about long-term planning...
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Celebrating Penrose access improvements

An event to celebrate the completion of the Penrose Paths for Communities project took place on Friday 4th April at the Old Cattle Market in Helston to bring together a wide range of community groups and organisations who have all helped to support access improvements in the area. The project has also seen the completion of...
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Cadbury’s announce kids’ favourite explorers

Kids in the South West have voted Bear Grylls and Sir David Attenborough their all-time favourite explorers. The research, which was conducted by Cadbury to celebrate this year’s ‘eggsplorer’ theme of their annual Easter Egg Trails with the National Trust, saw contemporary explorers Bear Grylls and Helen Skelton poll even higher than famous explorers, Christopher...
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Music to tweet to: Study finds that the South West’s favourite spring sound is the early morning ‘dawn chorus’ of birds

A leading UK beatboxer has vocally recreated the nation’s best-known songbirds to celebrate the sounds of spring and encourage people in the South West to get outdoors and experience nature first hand....
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‘Get down and dirty to experience a Valentine’s bloom this year’

  The Snowdrop has been voted the top spring flower in the South West, with the gardens at Cotehele, Lanhydrock, Trelissick and Kingston Lacy being the most popular places to see spring blooms It may come as a big surprise, but the recent unprecedented wet weather seems to have had very little affect on our...
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Government planning policy puts England’s Green Belts at risk, suggests new research

Half of the councils in England with Green Belt land are preparing to allocate some of it for development whilst brownfield sites throughout the country are overlooked, suggests research published today by the National Trust....
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Our position on badgers and Bovine TB

We care about wildlife and we also care about our tenant farmers, who deliver so much of our wider conservation work in the countryside. Playing our part in tackling the accelerated spread of bovine TB requires us to carefully balance both those responsibilities....
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Somerset site gives glimmer of hope for ash dieback disease

Trees in a Somerset plantation have survived with ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) for far longer than previously thought possible, suggesting there may be potential to slow the spread of the disease in the British countryside after all. Only ten per cent of the six thousand ash trees at the Holnicote plantation are showing any signs...
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Project Wild Thing hits the screens for half-term

The UK’s biggest ever campaign to reconnect children with nature and outdoor play is being launched by the newly formed Wild Network. And to bring the campaign home to families this half-term, a compelling new documentary film Project Wild Thing is on in cinemas in Exeter and Bath – and at more than 50 cinemas...
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Will you consider Saltram in Free Wills Month?

Like most UK charities, the National Trust depends on legacies to help it look after its special places such as Saltram, near Plymouth. By taking part in the Free Wills Month campaign this October, you could help support this precious green space on the outskirts of the city and its magnificent mansion and gardens for...
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Volunteers needed to defend Castle Drogo

  The next few years promise to be busy ones for the National Trust at Castle Drogo.  This is the most exciting time in the history of the castle since its initial construction. After receiving funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Interreg, a European grant, work has started on a 5 year major building project...
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A light at the end of the burrow?

“Within a generation, island seabird colonies in south west England could be thriving and free from the threat of rats”. That’s the view of conservationists this week as they reveal the amazing results of the Seabird Recovery Project on Lundy ten years after the project started, and embark on a similar major new project to...
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National Trust launches urgent appeal to secure the contents of Trelissick

William Copeland , grandson of Ida Copeland, who gave Trelissick house and gardens to the National Trust in 1955, is vacating some of the rooms at the house and is putting up for auction the unique collection of furniture, paintings and ceramics that have been established there over the last 100 years. The National Trust...
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11th World Bellyboard Championships

In a quiet corner of the South West on the wave-drenched North Cornish coast, plans are afoot to stage the 11th annual World Bellyboard Championships on Sunday 8th September 2013.   Organised and hosted by a small, dedicated team of National Trust staff, bellyboard enthusiasts and volunteers, this popular and much loved event will once again...
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South West revealed as best area to track wild animals and go birdwatching

To celebrate the launch of its 2013 list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ the National Trust has identified the best places around the UK for outdoor adventures, with the South West selected as the best area to go birdwatching and track wild animals....
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Garden academy student training scheme

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) is a charity which gives away more than £2.5 million each year to nursing, caring and gardening charities. Each year it funds 12 Garden Academy students who undertake training within National Trust properties.  This scheme was set up in 2001, in response to the shrinking pool of qualified gardeners from which any private...
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The National Trust welcomes visitors to its special places for free

Across the country this spring the National Trust is opening the doors to more than 200 of its houses and gardens for free for an entire weekend!  On the 20th and 21st April families across the UK will have the opportunity to explore some of Britain’s best landscapes together, without stretching the purse strings. With...
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Lord St Levan

Staff and volunteers at the National Trust are very sad to learn of Lord St Levan’s death on Sunday 7th April. The St Aubyn’s have lived at the Mount since the mid 1600s, and along with his father, Lord St Levan gave St Michael’s Mount to the National Trust in 1953. Lord St Levan lived...
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Celebrities step behind the camera

    Celebrities are used to life in front of the lens but this spring stars from the world of sport, film and TV take a turn behind the camera. Photographs by the celebrities are being showcased on a new app created by the National Trust to encourage people to share their favourite place and...
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Tremayne Quay Restoration Appeal

Tremayne Quay on the Helford River is in need of some urgent restoration works. We need your help to raise the funds needed to undertake these essential repairs. Tremayne Woods, the Quay and boathouse are well known to most people who are familiar with the Helford River, but for those who’ve not had the pleasure...
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Expert confirms painting is a Rembrandt

The world’s leading Rembrandt expert has just confirmed the National Trust’s first ever Rembrandt in its collection of 13,500 paintings. The Dutch Master’s self portrait has been identified hanging on the walls of Buckland Abbey in Devon, the former home of Sir Francis Drake, which is looked after by the Trust....
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Dramatic installations tell the story of Castle Drogo amidst major building work

One of the largest projects ever undertaken by the National Trust to save Castle Drogo in Devon from certain ruin has  now begun. The castle has suffered major structural problems ever since completion resulting in serious leaks and water penetration throughout the building. Without extensive conservation work the castle would eventually have become inaccessible and this...
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