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Hambledon Hill, Dorset. The hill is a prehistoric hill fort and National Nature Reserve, situated in the Blackmore Vale, near Blandford Forum
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Farne Islands to close to visitors due to impact of Avian Influenza on internationally important seabird colonies

The National Trust has announced it will be closing the Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland in the North Sea to visitors, from Sunday 3 July, due to the impact of the spread of Avian Influenza (bird flu), on its precious seabird colonies.

Published : 01 Jul 2022

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Conservation Charities & Agencies combine forces to tackle the impact of climate change on the UK’s heritage

Seven UK organisations have announced a new partnership to help tackle the impact of climate change on historical sites and our cultural heritage, and to share expertise.

Published : 23 Jun 2022

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Plans for Manchester’s new Sky Park spring to life with planting underway on Castlefield Viaduct

A new urban sky park on Manchester’s Castlefield Viaduct is springing into life with thousands of plants being added to the derelict structure.

Published : 17 Jun 2022

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New talent bringing live music back to the childhood home of Mike and Paul McCartney

The National Trust has selected four unique acts to perform at the “The Forthlin Sessions” in the childhood home of Mike and Paul McCartney on the eve of Paul’s 80th birthday, getting music back there for the first time in nearly sixty years.

Published : 16 Jun 2022

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Sissinghurst Castle Garden launches prestigious new horticulture scholarship – the National Trust’s first – to cultivate Head Gardeners of the future

Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, one of the world’s best-known gardens, is launching a new horticulture scholarship – the National Trust’s first – to nurture and develop the gardeners and head gardeners of the future.

Published : 09 Jun 2022

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New apprenticeship scheme tackles heritage skills shortage as Hamish Ogston Foundation grants £6.2 million to National Trust

The National Trust and the Hamish Ogston Foundation have announced a new partnership programme that will train apprentices in key heritage skills.

Published : 09 Jun 2022

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Critical year for determining how puffins are doing on the Farne Islands as National Trust rangers start this year’s count

Critical year for determining how puffins are doing on the Farne Islands as National Trust rangers start this year’s count

Published : 24 May 2022

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Cor! Stunning aerial shots reveal new orchards that resemble the inside of an apple

Spectacular drone pictures released today by the National Trust reveal a series of newly planted orchards that resemble the cross-section of an apple.

Published : 23 May 2022

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Painting of Dunkirk owned by Winston Churchill goes on public display at his former home Chartwell for first time following conservation and repair

Following extensive conservation and intricate repair, a painting owned by Churchill depicting the famous rescue of troops from Dunkirk has gone on public display for the first time at his former home, Chartwell in Kent.

Published : 20 May 2022

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‘Golden age’ of Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship is celebrated as objects from two of the most important archaeological discoveries go on display together

Two of the most important early medieval archaeological discoveries, showcasing the pinnacle of Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship, have been reunited for a new exhibition, Swords of Kingdoms: The Staffordshire Hoard at Sutton Hoo.

Published : 19 May 2022

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National Trust announces winners of the Forthlin sessions and asks for 'Help!' in inspiring new music to be written by the chosen acts in June

Today (17 May 2022), the National Trust announces the four unsigned music acts chosen for “The Forthlin Sessions”, a chance to visit, write and perform at the childhood home of Paul and Mike McCartney.

Published : 17 May 2022

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New footage released of first beaver born on Exmoor for 400 years to mark first birthday

The first baby beaver, also known as a kit, to be born on Exmoor for 400 years has just turned one

Published : 12 May 2022

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National Trust wins prestigious Museums + Heritage Special Recognition Award at the ‘Oscars of the museums world’

The National Trust has won a prestigious Special Recognition Award at the 20th Museums + Heritage  Awards, which celebrate the best achievements in museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions.

Published : 11 May 2022

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Scotney Castle calls in the cavalry to help care for woodlands

A romantic 18th-century ruined castle is swapping modern machinery for heavy horses to help care for its woodlands – mimicking a tradition that dates back centuries. 

Published : 03 May 2022

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The conservation of a Constable painting of Waterloo Bridge which was darkened by old varnish, has revealed a long-lost Thames view.

The largest known painting by artist John Constable, but which was never exhibited in his lifetime, has been brought back to its full glory by National Trust conservators, revealing a long-vanished Thames skyline view.

Published : 29 Apr 2022

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Treasured Possessions: Riches of Polesden Lacey Exhibition: 25 April – 30 October 2022 and 1 March – 29 October 2023

A major new exhibition is set to showcase over 100 treasures from Polesden Lacey in Surrey, home to one of the National Trust’s most glamorous collections, including exquisite objects by Fabergé and Cartier, masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest artists, and rare ceramics and silverware.

Published : 25 Apr 2022

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National Trust joins the nation in celebrating #BlossomWatch day, Saturday 23 April

A year on from the first ever #BlossomWatch Day, the National Trust is again encouraging people to celebrate the fleeting seasonal spectacle – with millions viewing images of spring blossom, and thousands sharing pictures. #BlossomWatch, learning from the Japanese tradition of 'Hanami', aims to help people across the UK appreciate the fleeting beauty of spring blossom.

Published : 22 Apr 2022

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National Trust’s Plant Conservation Centre more important than ever as it marks 40 years at the cutting edge of heritage propagation

The National Trust this month marks the 40th anniversary of its Plant Conservation Centre (PCC), which plays a crucial role in conserving rare and historically important plants for the Trust’s gardens and parklands – all without the use of peat.

Published : 12 Apr 2022 Last update : 13 Apr 2022