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National Trust reopens Knightshayes house

Authored by Mary

At the end of July, the National Trust reopened seven properties in England and Northern Ireland as part of a phased reopening of its 200 houses which were closed as part of the national lockdown in March. Knightshayes has now joined that list, opening its doors to the public after more than four months, with several new safety measures in place.

One-way systems and limited numbers...

Woman fined for littering after leaving bins out on wrong day

Authored by News Desk

Put your bins out on the right day and at the right time – or you could be fined for littering.

That’s the message from Plymouth City Council following a successful court case where a Stoke woman was ordered to pay £550 in fines and costs.

The woman was found guilty of littering in her absence by Plymouth magistrates and fined £220, ordered to pay £300 costs as well as a £30...

Christmas volunteering at Saltram

Authored by Mary

There are opportunities to get more involved at Saltram this winter with the introduction of new Christmas Guides. These roles are great chance to join a growing family of volunteers and take part in the festivities, without having to commit a lot of time.

Saltram is becoming an ever more popular destination for Christmas. Last year saw the launch of ‘Enchanted Saltram’ with late...

Saltram unveils £146k plans to improve pathways in parkland

Authored by Mary

The National Trust has teamed up with Sport England to invest £146,000 into the existing pathways at Saltram’s parkland to provide better access for their outdoor users.

The parkland at Saltram already provides access to amazing countryside which is visited by hundreds of people, who both support the Trust and value the chance to experience and enjoy the outdoors. Thanks to Sport...

Brexit uncertainty dampens activity in SW housing market

Authored by Mary

Uncertainty fuelled by the EU Referendum has resulted in a marked drop in activity in the South West housing market, according to the RICS UK Residential Market Survey, June 2016.

New buyer enquiries declined significantly across the UK in June, with 36% more chartered surveyors nationally reporting a fall in interest - this is the lowest reading since mid-2008. The South West fared...

Destination: Saltram, travelling the world through the collections

Authored by Mary

Destination: Saltram is a new pop-up exhibition exploring the world through the collections of the eighteenth century National Trust house near Plymouth. Opening on Saturday 7 May, the temporary exhibition will run until Sunday 26 June.

A two-hundred year old vase from misty Japanese mountains, tales of heroism and tragedy from Ancient Greece, and risqué painted mirrors imported from...

Destination: Saltram, travelling the world through the collections

Destination: Saltram is a new pop-up exhibition exploring the world through the collections of the eighteenth century National Trust house near Plymouth. Opening on Saturday 7 May, the temporary exhibition will run until Sunday 26 June.

A two-hundred year old vase from misty Japanese mountains, tales of heroism and tragedy from Ancient Greece, and risqué painted mirrors imported from far-away China; visitors to Saltram will travel the world and through time during their stay.

A key item on display will be Saltram’s portrait of John Parker the 1st Earl by American...

SW construction market bucks national slowdown trend

Authored by Mary

The latest survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed that growth in the construction market has remained positive in the South West over the last three months.

Private housing workloads showed the greatest increase with 48% more of those working in the sector reporting a rise in activity rather than a fall over the first quarter of 2016. During the last...

Housing market outlook softens post buy-to-let boom

Authored by Mary

UK house price inflation is set for a slowdown over the coming months as the impact of new stamp duty changes, the EU referendum and the forthcoming devolved elections combine to create a climate of uncertainty in the country’s housing market, the latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed.

These factors have been most strongly felt in central...

Wood replaces oil heating at Devon mansion

Authored by Mary

A Grade one listed mansion, overlooking the River Plym and owned by National Trust, has made the switch from oil to a renewable energy heating system.

Saltram, a Georgian mansion on the outskirts of Plymouth, was using over 30,000 litres of oil each year to heat the property. It has replaced the expensive, carbon intensive heating system with a biomass boiler, powered by wood pellets...

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