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Visitors to see Mount Stewart in a new light
Visitors to the National Trust’s Mount Stewart will have the opportunity to see the grounds in a spectacular new light as tickets went on sale for November’s Festival of Light. The exciting new plans will bring the unique grounds to life in a way which has never been seen before.
National Trust named RIBA client of the year 2013
The National Trust has won the much coveted Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Client of the Year Award 2013. The award honours the key role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture and National Trust received three nominations - Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre by heneghan peng, Chedworth Roman Villa by Feilden Clegg Bradley and Stowe Gardens Visitor Centre by Cowper Griffith Architects.
Florence Court's Smartphone winner Laura Elliott
The winner of National Trust’s ‘Your Space’ photography competition recently joined photographer Charlie Waite from Light and Land landscape photography workshops for her prize of a one-to-one tutorial. Laura Elliott, a dental student from Enniskillen, was selected as a winner in the Smartphone category for her photo of a bee about to enter a foxglove. Laura also claimed the title of overall winner, beating off more than 5,700 entries across the four categories.
Lisnabreeny monument unveiled
A special monument has been unveiled commemorating US servicemen buried in Northern Ireland during the Second World War. One hundred and forty eight American air force, army and navy members were interred at Lisnabreeny before their bodies were repatriated or transferred to the permanent war cemetery in Cambridge at the end of the conflict.
National Trust volunteer numbers hit a new high
A record number of more than 6,500 people are volunteering for the National Trust in Northern Ireland. Collectively they gift almost a quarter of a million hours to the conservation charity.
Minnowburn revealed as one of the top ten UK walks
To celebrate the launch of The Great NI Walk annual walking festival, 1 September to 3 November, we have revealed the top ten secret trails that can only be accessed by foot, with Minnowburn, near Belfast selected as one of the best.
National Trust welcomes Belfast’s Belmont Tower
National Trust has welcomed Belmont Tower, the former Belmont Primary School and a landmark building in East Belfast into its care. To celebrate this moment a celebratory event will take place on 31 August, with a day of family fun and local festivities.
Restoring the Brougham carriage at Florence Court
The Brougham carriage at Florence Court has been carefully restored and is currently on display in the Florence Court Coach House. Over the years the carriage suffered the rigours of a poor environment and general ageing. Now thanks to funding from the Esme Mitchell Trust, we've been able to restore this carriage to its former glory.
Mount Stewart yew clippings in anti cancer drug
The intricate yew topiary at the world famous Mount Stewart gardens, Co Down has delighted visitors for decades, but the trees are more than just attractive designs. With so much topiary to maintain, a considerable amount of yew clippings are generated. Normally these would be destined for composting but now these clippings are being used for a much more productive use. The manufacture of anti-cancer treatment drugs paclitaxel (Taxol) and docetaxel (Taxotere).
Florence Court awarded four-star status
Tourism Minister Arlene Foster congratulates Florence Court on achieving a four-star rating under the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s (NITB) Visitor Attraction Quality Grading Scheme.
Mount Stewart is one of UK’s most special places
Mount Stewart has been recognised as one of the UK’s most special places after a National Trust social media campaign gathered more than 700 images and memories of places from right across the UK.