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Dramatic rise in barbecues and litter says National Trust as wildfire risk continues

Authored by News Desk

The National Trust is urging people not to bring a barbecue or light a campfire when they visit the coast and countryside, following a spate of wildfires during lockdown.

Despite recent rainfall, a record-breaking spring of sunshine has left many landscapes dry and created the perfect conditions for fires to ignite and quickly spread.

Since the start of April, several large...

Arlington’s kitchen garden becomes a family veggie patch

Authored by Mary

Although Arlington Court is closed, the National Trust is still caring for the property and its impressive estate, with a little help from local families.

With most of the Trust’s staff furloughed, a small team remains to carry out essential tasks. Normally three gardeners and 20 volunteers tend to Arlington’s beautiful Victorian gardens. But with the gardening team down to just one...

National Trust launches year of action to tackle ‘nature deficiency’

Authored by Sarah Parker

The National Trust is launching a series of activities to help people engage more with their natural surroundings, as new research[4] released by the conservation charity, shows those with an active ‘engagement’ with nature are more likely to help tackle the nature crisis.

This includes a new weekly guide to every day nature connection and a public awareness campaign, including...

Adie and Trollope among big name bestsellers confirmed for Greenway’s Literary Festival in June

Authored by Mary

Big name writers will join booklovers this June for the return of the Greenway Literary Festival at Agatha Christie’s holiday home, cared for by the National Trust.

Among the authors lined up to take part are highly acclaimed bestselling author Joanna Trollope, who’ll be discussing her latest novel ‘Mum & Dad’, and multi-million international bestseller Kate Mosse, as she...

New beginnings at Cotehele this spring

Authored by Mary

When Cotehele House and Cotehele Mill re-open on Saturday 7 March after their winter conservation care, visitors to the National Trust estate near Saltash will notice lots of changes.

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, a new collections trail, Tide and Time, highlights the transatlantic connections of items through the house, reflecting on English...

New trail helps children to notice nature at Cotehele

Authored by Mary

A new outdoor trail at Cotehele, the National Trust property near Saltash in Cornwall, encourages children to notice nature by looking and listening for the different birds found on the estate.

The trail, Bird Bingo, identifies nine birds commonly sighted at Cotehele for children to seek and is filled with interesting facts about the birds and ways children can care for and encourage...

National Trust launches 125th year with beacon lightings

Authored by Mary

The National Trust will be lighting beacons across the South West on Thursday 9 January as part of a national network of beacons to celebrate 125 years since the conservation charity was founded.

They will be lit at dawn to mark the moment that the charity was founded by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley to give people access to nature, to beauty and to...

The commemorative garland gets its first flowers in honour of First World War Centenary

Authored by Mary

The gardening team have just picked the first flower for their annual garland at Cotehele near Saltrash and this year, the centenary of the end of the First World War, will be marked with an extra special display.

West Country artist, Dominique Coiffait (pictured), is working alongside the garden team to transform the Great Hall into an artwork to commemorate the end of the war....

A warm Christmas welcome awaits National Trust visitors

Authored by Sarah Parker

Magnificent houses with Father Christmas, warm mince piece at the tea-rooms, frosty walks all waiting to be discovered at National Trust places in Devon and Cornwall this Christmas.

A pop-up 1950s cinema has opened at Greenway in South Devon this December. Vintage-styled cinema in a cosy marquee in the garden, complete with red velvet seats and uniformed ushers, is screening classic...

New ‘relaxed’ story-time sessions with Father Christmas at Saltram

Authored by Mary

Father Christmas will be telling stories and singing songs during four half-hour performances in the stables at Saltram, which have been decorated as a magical grotto. For the first time, these ‘relaxed’ sessions have been designed to welcome audience members who might benefit from a more informal experience, such as those with autism and sensory or communication needs.

Christmas just...

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