National Trust puts cider apples at its core

George Holmes, Area Ranger in South Somerset, planting a cider tree from the collection (c) Steve Haywood

An internationally important collection of cider apples, with almost 300 different varieties, has been given to the National Trust and will be planted in orchards at Montacute House, Barrington Court, Tyntesfield and Glastonbury in Somerset, Golden Cap in Dorset, Westbury Court Garden in Gloucestershire, Killerton in Devon and Brockhampton in Herefordshire. Continue reading…

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe brings a festive chill to Killerton

lionwitch&wardrobe6Killerton 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 magic of this Christmas classic. Continue reading…

Discover Britain’s Ocean City from the water’s edge

Great city with great history. The city of Plymouth. Photographer Eleonora Pavlovska, Latvia.

Great city with great history. The city of Plymouth.
Photographer Eleonora Pavlovska, Latvia.

Join the 10 mile Challenge walk in Plymouth on Saturday 24th October and experience more than 400 years of maritime history while helping to raise funds for its future.
The walk sets out from Admiral’s Hard and continues along the waterfront to reveal a wealth of historic features from a restored naval base at Royal William Yard to the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail.

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Teign Spirits – an exhibition of large scale contemporary photographs in the landscape at Castle Drogo

Mike Smallcombe with one of his pictures on display at Castle Drogo

Mike Smallcombe with one of his pictures on display at Castle Drogo

As the huge 5-year building conservation project to save Castle Drogo continues, artists have been invited to create new contemporary artworks to respond to and interpret the project and the fascinating history of the site.

One of the creative partners working at Castle Drogo is the established photographer Mike Smallcombe. For the past year Mike has been gathering stories and images to create a series of ten large-scale photographs to display around the site.

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Did you know that 31% of people’s happiest childhood memory is by the sea? (And more facts)

Most people, especially if you live in the South West, feel that the coast is important to them and quality of life. But did you know that the figure is as high as 63%? Would you be surprised if you found out that in the South West 300 miles of the coastline is owned and cared for by the National Trust? Nationwide that figure rises to 775 miles of protected coastline.

Find those and other facts about the South West coast in the this infographic.

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Killerton badger vaccination project shows potential

The National Trust revealed today that it had slashed the costs of vaccinating badgers during a four year project at its Killerton estate in Devon, set in the heart of one of the country’s bovine TB hotspots.

The aim of the project, funded by the conservation charity, was to demonstrate that the vaccination of badgers at an estate-wide scale can be made practical and cost-effective. This has meant that the National Trust can play an important part in reducing the exposure of cattle to bovine TB in wildlife, which has had a devastating impact across the farming community.

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Ewe has five times the charm this Easter

Flora and Verity Sharpe with Arlington's quintuplets

Flora and Verity Sharpe with Arlington’s quintuplets

The team at Arlington Court have just welcome five new lambs to their flock – all from the same ewe.

National Trust Ranger, Murray Sharpe says, “This is the first time in the 15 years I have worked at Arlington that one of our ewes has had five lambs. Despite the eighteen hour days, I always enjoy lambing, but this year it was a real joy to have five healthy lambs born at once.”

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I do love to be beside the seaside, I really, really do…

This is me, aged about 3 years old I guess, on my beloved Westward Ho! beach in north Devon. 

This is me, aged about 3 years old I guess, on my beloved Westward Ho! beach in north Devon.

“Everything significant in my early years happened at Westward Ho! I learned to swim in the rock pools, I had my first ice cream cone and I screamed my head off on a very wibbly-wobbly slide that only the very best 1970s seaside resorts had on offer!

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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.

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