How to guides
Have you ever wanted to have a go at making your own bird feeder, learning to spot wildlife or gazing at the stars? Follow one of our many how to guides and become an expert in something new in no time
Podcast: Things that go click in the night
In this podcast episode, presenter Jo Dyson gets a masterclass in night time photography from astrophotographer, Steven Hanna. Listen to discover how you can use your camera to shed light on the secrets of the night.
Fat cakes are a great way to keep your feathered friends happy and full over the winter and early spring. Learn how to make tasty fat cakes to entice birds into your garden.
Bring nature into your home this Christmas with a hand-made greenery wreath. It’s the perfect craft for the whole family, and you can compost the materials so it's environmentally friendly too.
From paper chains and pine cones to scented orange slices, keep little fingers busy and learn how to make traditional decorations for a greener Christmas. Get handy tips on making your wreath and watch our wreath-making masterclass video.
Christmas doesn't have to be a drain on the planet. By reducing waste, shopping locally and helping the community, you can have a joyful festive season - without the carbon footprint. Here are our tips for a greener Christmas.
Creating a spooky Halloween shouldn't have to have a frightening impact on the environment. Use seasonal veg to carve your way to fun decorations, then reuse the materials for delicious recipes. You might learn a thing or two about how far one pumpkin can go.
Having a small outdoor space doesn’t need to limit your gardening options. Balcony gardener Alice Vincent has created a mini oasis in her London flat. In this article, Alice shares her top tips for gardening in small spaces. You can also listen to a podcast episode with her to hear how she went from gardening novice to an expert in micro gardening.
Jonny Bass, previously the Head Gardener at Mottisfont, explains how to make your own rose arch in an easy step by step guide.
Follow these steps to build your own nesting box to attract bees to your garden.
Why not add a splash of colour to the garden and provide a tasty snack for local bees and insects at the same time? Get little hands stuck in with these easy wildflower seed balls that you can just toss into the flowerbeds.
Insects are essential to our ecosystem, indoors and out, but not so welcome when flying out of wardrobes or eating your favourite woolly jumper or carpet! What can you do? Hilary Jarvis, one of the National Trust’s Assistant Preventive Conservators, shares some tips based on the latest findings and methods used in our historic houses to protect our collections, and reveals the most common pests of 2019.
Learn how to care for your most precious belongings, from wedding dresses and family photos to heirloom silver and porcelain with these handy guides compiled by our conservation experts.
Lauren Guthrie shows you how to make your own thermal curtains, which will help keep your home warm, saving energy and money.
Area Ranger Cat Hadler looks after the countryside of South West Hampshire, and loves to forage for wild ingredients. Every autumn, she'll be found in Mottisfont's Millenium Orchard and the surrounding woodlands gathering ripe apples and crab apples to make cider. Here's her step-by-step guide to creating your own.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you to conquer tree-climbing safely. All you need is your courage, good grip and sense of adventure.