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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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Never before seen watercolours from family of “the father of photography” Henry Fox Talbot go on display for the first time

Nearly 1,000 watercolours previously kept in storage are now available for study online thanks to new project at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire

Published : 01 Dec 2020

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First beaver dam appears on Exmoor after 400 years

Eurasian beavers released by the National Trust as part of a river restoration project have built what is believed to be the first beaver dam on Exmoor for over 400 years.

Published : 30 Nov 2020

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National Trust response to George Eustice's speech on the path to sustainable farming

Read our reaction to a speech on the path to sustainable farming made by George Eustice, the Secretary of State for the Environment & Rural Affairs, Monday 30 November 2020.

Published : 30 Nov 2020

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National Trust responds to Government's Spending Review

Read our reaction to the Government's Spending Review, Wednesday 25 November 2020.

Published : 25 Nov 2020

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Environmental groups and Monty Don write to Government calling for end to use of peat compost

Environmental charities have joined broadcaster and writer Monty Don in writing an open letter to the government calling for a ban on peat in compost in the next five years after new figures showed it would take decades to phase out at the current rate.

Published : 25 Nov 2020

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Charity attempts largest transplant of ancient and rare lichen in efforts to protect its future

The National Trust is attempting to save one of England’s rarest ancient lichens by removing it from a fallen veteran oak tree in the Lake District and transferring it to dozens of nearby trees.

Published : 20 Nov 2020

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Comment from National Trust in response to Government's Ten Point Plan for Green Industrial Revolution for 250,000 jobs

We respond to the Government's Ten Point Plan for Green Industrial Revolution for 250,000 jobs - 18 November 2020

Published : 17 Nov 2020 Last update : 18 Nov 2020

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Rapid growth of England’s largest grey seal colony results in new thinking about how to count pups

A grey seal colony on the east coast of England is expanding at such a rate that rangers are having to change the way they count the new-born pups.

Published : 17 Nov 2020

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Our response to more details about the Government's ten point plan to drive the UK's green ambitions

Read our response as more details are revealed about the Prime Minister's ten point plan to drive the UK's green ambitions

Published : 15 Nov 2020

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National Trust launches new Zoom backdrops to bring history and beauty to virtual meetings and catch ups

The National Trust has released a new series of six free downloadable backgrounds for use on virtual meetings and calls, inspired by the historic libraries and offices in its care.

Published : 13 Nov 2020

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National Trust's reaction to the Agricultural Bill

The Agricultural Bill received its Royal Assent in Parliament today - 11 November 2020. Read our reaction.

Published : 11 Nov 2020

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New imagery reveals scale of ash dieback devastation on British woodlands

A month after the National Trust announced the devastation being caused by an acceleration of ash dieback across its woods, the conservation charity has issued a set of exclusive images and film footage highlighting the impact of the disease.

Published : 05 Nov 2020

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National Trust to stay open for local access to parks, gardens, countryside and other outdoor sites during lockdown in England

The National Trust will do everything it can to keep its gates open to give people access to green space, nature and fresh air, says Director General, while it's houses, shops and holiday accommodation is to close.

Published : 02 Nov 2020

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National Trust reveals nine spookiest fungi just in time for Halloween

Jelly ear, devil’s fingers and powdercap strangler are among the spookiest fungi found in the UK, according to a list released today by the National Trust in time for Halloween.

Published : 02 Nov 2020

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Seal caught in fishing waste at remote breeding site

The National Trust is warning of the dangers of ocean waste after an Atlantic grey seal was photographed at a remote breeding ground with fishing debris caught around its neck.

Published : 19 Oct 2020

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National Trust reduces compulsory job losses following consultation and vows to ‘grow back stronger’ after coronavirus crisis

The National Trust has today confirmed it has been able to halve the number of compulsory job losses following the biggest redundancy consultation in its 125-year history as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Published : 08 Oct 2020

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Experts hopeful for a spectacular autumn – but next two weeks will be deciding factor

The sunny spell towards the end of September together with six months of high levels of sunshine have boosted the chances of a ‘spectacular and prolonged’ autumn display of colour, according to experts at the National Trust.

Published : 06 Oct 2020

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National Trust suffers worst year on record for ash dieback due to weather and lockdown

Historic trees and woodland which provided inspiration for the likes of Beatrix Potter and John Constable face extinction due to a surge in ash dieback driven in part by the climate crisis, the National Trust has warned.

Published : 05 Oct 2020