Mystery of a burnt mound investigated by National Trust

Nancy Grace, National Trust archaeologist, examining a patch of burnt stone which is likely to be either a hearth or a kiln

A mysterious mound of burnt material, eroding out of a Dorset cliff near Seatown, is being investigated by archaeologists in the hope of better understanding the 3000 year old feature.

The mound, probably from the Bronze Age, was spotted eroding from the cliff face by local archaeologist Anthony Pasmore who alerted the National Trust. It is disappearing fast as the sea cuts into the soft sands and clays at the cliff edge. Continue reading…

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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National Trust’s coastal campaign celebrates land acquired at Hardy Monument

Heathland around Hardy Mounument (c) National Trust

Celebrating 50 years of its coastal fundraising campaign, the National Trust has made its first coastal acquisition in the South West this year. It will now care for almost 23 acres of Black Down heathland below the Hardy Monument in Dorset – an area of great natural and historical importance. Continue reading…

Big Beach Clean up at Studland

Pic by Samantha Cook Photography15March15.  National Trust The Big Beach Clean Week 2015, at Knoll Beach, Studland, Dorset.23 volunteers turned out to help clean Studland beach last Sunday as part of the National Trust’s Big Beach Clean week.

In total 48kg of rubbish was cleared which included 16 kg (4 bags) of assorted beach litter such as plastic cups and bottles, food wrappers and bits of rope or net washed in by the tide and 28 kg of heavier items ranging from a large rug, part of an old boat winch, a car tyre and pieces of iron scaffolding dating back to WWII, exposed as the sand dunes have been eroded by the sea.

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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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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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2014: Christmas lights up with a new illuminating tradition at Kingston Lacy

For the first time, visitors to Kingston Lacy will be able to enjoy an illuminated Christmas trail as part of a month-long celebration of the season’s traditions. With extended opening hours seven days a week, the team at Kingston Lacy is continuing the spirit of the Bankes family by inviting visitors to explore and create new traditions and memories with friends, family and loved ones. Continue reading…