News archive - 2012

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Read the news stories that were hitting our headlines in 2012:

A possible big cat at Woodchester, MyFarm's first lambs and Churchill's personal items on display.

The Lake District's tallest tree, expert tips from our gardeners, and plans for a surfing championship.

Contemporary art comes to historic settings and our Director General announces her decision to leave the Trust.

Top tips for saving water, ideas for 50 things to do before you're 11¾ and we join art pop trio on new album.

May saw us gearing up to celebrate the Jubilee, get excited about farming and launch a photo competition.

We launched our White Cliffs of Dover appeal and celebrated Sticklebarn - the only Trust-run pub.

A White Cliffs appeal update, recruiting for a Kids' Council and unveiling our new visitor centre at the Giant's Causeway.

Amongst the stories this month, we announced the appointment of our new director-general, welcomed the New Zealand Olympic team to Clandon and received a gold medal for wildlife protection.

September saw this year's winners of the Fine Farm Produce Awards announced, the start of the Ash Dieback and the results of our Natural Childhood inquiry.

October saw honours for our founder and our PR team, White Cliffs seen as inspiring patriotism and new music from Portishead's Adrian Utley, inspired by our ancient trees.

In November, stories included saying goodbye to Dame Fiona Reynolds, starting a partnership with Good Energy and announcing our new Kids' Council.

December news highlights include the discovery of an 'extinct' oil beetle on our land and our comment on the government's ash dieback plans.