Capability Brown 300 anniversary month at Prior Park – June 2016

The Palladian Bridge at Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath, Somerset.

The Palladian Bridge at Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath, Somerset.

A celebration of the 300th anniversary of landscape gardener Capability Brown, is being held at Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath.

The National Trust, which cares for Prior Park, is taking part in the national celebrations for the tercentenary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown with a series of events, classes and workshops throughout June.

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Beacons will light up the sky for The Queen’s 90th Birthday

One of the beacon locations at St Michael's Mount in Cornwall

One of the beacon locations at St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall

In celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations, beacons will be lit throughout the land at from 7.30 – 8.30pm on Thursday 21st April 2016.

Ten locations at National Trust places are taking part in this important event marking a significant milestone in the Queen’s life. From Glastonbury Tor in Somerset to Chapel Carn Brea in Cornwall, the most southerly location, and from Potter’s Hill at Woolacombe in North Devon to Thorncombe Beacon on the Golden Cap Estate in Dorset, one of the chain of beacon sites along the south coast used to warn of the approach of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

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Horse power at Tyntesfield

Tuppence the horse logging

A heavy horse has been drafted in to help with the extension of a National Trust woodland play area at Tyntesfield, near Bristol.

The building work has already begun, but Tuppence, a 14 hand Welsh Cob, is due to join the site from Monday 18 April to Wednesday 20 April to help haul timber. The logs she will be moving were felled at Tyntesfield; they measure approximately 28 ft. long and will be used for edging in the play area. Continue reading…

First trip of Brownsea Seahorse

Dennis Medlycott wanted to visit Brownsea Island. It was a simple ambition but, since he depends on his electric wheelchair to get about, he could not get onto the boats taking visitors to the island. When he heard that we were about to trial a new boat, ‘Brownsea Seahorse’, which would be able to take disabled visitors to the island, Dennis offered his advice and came to try out the first service. Here he tells his own story of that first trip to the island:

It’s a dream come true that I am actually here in my electric wheelchair on Brownsea Island.
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Paradise at Tyntesfield and Leigh Woods

The Green Room (c) Paul Blakemore

The Green Room (c) Paul Blakemore

As part of PARADISE, the contemporary art exhibition at Tyntesfield and Leigh Woods, an exciting and diverse programme of events, talks and workshops delivered by national and international artists has been planned this autumn. These include: experiments with compost and gold leaf, family play weekends and discussions exploring the design of our environment. Continue reading…

Flood Management Project shortlisted at the 2014 Climate Week Awards

Holnicote - looking towards the lower bund

Holnicote – looking towards the lower bund

A flood management demonstration project delivered by the National Trust, JBA Consulting and Penny Anderson Associates has been shortlisted at the 2014 Climate Week Awards.

The Holnicote Multi-Objective Flood Management scheme is one of four finalists in the ‘Best campaign or educational initiative category’.

Based around the catchment of two rivers – the Horner and Aller – the pioneering scheme was set up in 2009 to gather evidence for how land management changes, working with natural processes and partnership working with local people and contribute to reducing flood risk. Continue reading…

Glastonbury Tor named ideal place to take a date

Glastonbury Tor in evening light, Somerset (c) National Trust Images / Fay Godwin

Glastonbury Tor in evening light, Somerset (c) National Trust Images / Fay Godwin

 Glastonbury Tor has been named as the ideal place to take a date, after a survey by users of

The dating site has launched the Great Date Guide – a list of nationwide venues approved and recommended by eHarmony couples – which includes Glastonbury Tor. Continue reading…

Commitment of Volunteer Rangers Appreciated by Rohan UK

Rohan Presentation (c) National Trust

In recognition of the outstanding contribution that volunteers have made to the conservation, maintenance and presentation of the Holnicote Estate, the Rohan Country Store in Dunster have once again generously sponsored every volunteer who has completed more than 50 hours of countryside conservation work during the past year. Continue reading…