From end of Tuesday 24 March, we closed all our car parks to further restrict the spread of coronavirus. This followed the decision to close our parks and gardens in addition to our houses, shops and cafes.
We urge people to stay local and observe social distancing. Please do not travel.
Important safety notice about the risk of cliff falls
Important safety notice. Following the cliff and rock falls along the coast, we urge you to stay well back from the edges when using the coast path along the cliff top, and away from the undercliff when on the beaches. Please take heed of safety signs on site – these cliffs are unstable and liable to rock falls at any time.
In the 2016 BBC series 'Coastal Path', explorer Paul Rose tells the story of the South West Coast Path. At 630 miles, it's England's Longest National Trail and one of the world's best loved walks. Watch some clips and find out more about the beloved land we care for on the South West Coast Path to be virtually transported there.
While the ‘#urbanjungle’ hashtag has become ubiquitous with social media, there’s one special place in Devon that started embracing this trend over 100 years before Instagram. Overbeck’s has been home to plants from all corners of the globe since the 19th century. So, how do the garden team care for these unusual plants, and could they lend some tips to help you care for your own house plants and exotics?
Extraordinary books can transport us and take us beyond ourselves - and some even transport us to recognisable places from around the South West. Archaeologist Martin Papworth reflects on the beauty of the English countryside as portrayed in literature, through four of his must-reads.
During these uncertain times, connecting with nature can bring a sense of continuity and calm. Whether it be on your daily walks, from your window or in your garden, here are some tips for looking out for nature.
How did you sleep last night? Did you have a nice quiet room to yourself? A comfy mattress? Such luxurious solitude we take for granted. Martin Papworth, National Trust archaeologist, takes a look at our houses where we glimpse an older, more communal lifestyle.
The garden team at Knightshayes show you how to sow peas and share their top tips. If you can get your hands on some seeds and have a pot or patch of green space to grow them in, it's the perfect time to begin growing this tasty crop. This video was made a couple of years ago, but we hope it provides some inspiration for you during these uncertain times.
Providing bee hotels is a great way to boost the value of your garden for bees and give them a helping hand. The team at Avebury show you how to make a bee hotel using things you may already have in your garden shed.
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