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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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Majority of National Trust orchards report excellent harvest thanks to sustained good weather at critical time

Hundreds of National Trust gardens and orchards are reporting an excellent year for apples due to ideal weather conditions.

Published : 14 Sep 2020

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More historic National Trust sites reopen as charity welcomes five million visits to its houses and gardens

The National Trust has welcomed its five millionth visit to its houses and gardens, as it opens even more of its historic places to the public this week.

Published : 11 Sep 2020

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National Trust project secures Churchill’s treasures at Chartwell

A £7.1m project has successfully acquired and conserved hundreds of items once owned by Sir Winston Churchill and led to a transformation in the presentation of the former Prime Minister’s family home of Chartwell in Kent.

Published : 11 Sep 2020

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‘High hopes’ for Arctic terns dashed as lockdown and extreme weather hampers conservation work

Arctic terns at one of the UK’s largest breeding sites have failed to fledge young for the first time since the species started breeding at the site in 1980, after lockdown restrictions and extreme weather hindered conservation efforts.

Published : 08 Sep 2020

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National Trust to make major appeal for nature following coronavirus losses

The National Trust is today launching #EveryoneNeedsNature – an appeal to raise awareness of how connection to nature enriches lives and how vital it is to preserve and protect nature and wildlife, and to raise funds for nature conservation.

Published : 03 Sep 2020 Last update : 05 Sep 2020

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National Trust responds to Government proposals to underpin environmental commitments with legally binding targets

Our response to Government's announcement on the legally binding targets it is aiming to set to underpin environmental commitments announced on 19 August 2020

Published : 18 Aug 2020 Last update : 19 Aug 2020

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Archaeologist discovers rare items under the floor of a Tudor house.

An archaeologist working alone through lockdown in the attic rooms of Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk has uncovered one of the largest underfloor archaeology hauls of its type in a National Trust house.

Published : 17 Aug 2020

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Best breeding season in decades for marsh harriers at National Trust’s Wicken Fen

At least twelve marsh harrier chicks have successfully fledged at the National Trust’s Wicken Fen Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire, making 2020 the most successful breeding year in decades.

Published : 14 Aug 2020

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Rarest butterfly boost: largest project to ‘bring back the blues’ hailed a success

The globally endangered large blue butterfly has been successfully reintroduced at Rodborough Common in Gloucestershire in efforts to halt the worldwide decline of this special insect.

Published : 12 Aug 2020

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National Trust responds to Government proposals for planning reforms

Our response to the Government's proposals for planning reforms in England, announced on 6 August 2020

Published : 06 Aug 2020

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National Trust announces spending cuts and redundancies in face of coronavirus losses

The National Trust is proposing £100m of annual savings following the impact of the coronavirus crisis, after warning almost every aspect of its income has been affected.

Published : 29 Jul 2020

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Home to roost - largest hibernation of pipistrelle bats recorded at Seaton Delaval Hall

The largest common pipistrelle bat winter roost in the UK has been found at Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, revealing previously unknown information about the bats’ hibernation habits.

Published : 22 Aug 2018 Last update : 21 Jul 2020

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Unprecedented rise in fly-camping and campervan ‘staycation’ numbers halts conservation work and puts nature at risk

Following a dramatic increase in the amount of discarded equipment and litter being left behind at countryside and coastal locations, the National Trust is urging people not to fly-camp on its land and to help protect nature and wildlife.

Published : 21 Jul 2020

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National Trust responds to the speech given by DEFRA Secretary of State George Eustice at Green Alliance

National Trust responds to the speech given by DEFRA Secretary of State George Eustice at Green Alliance

Published : 20 Jul 2020

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National Trust sites prove successful breeding grounds for peregrine falcons

Eleven rare peregrine falcon chicks have successfully hatched and are soon to fledge at four sites cared for by the National Trust.

Published : 16 Jul 2020

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National Trust reopens seven of its 200 historic houses in a pilot project to ensure social distancing and safety

The National Trust is opening seven of its houses (from Monday 13 July) for the first time since the lockdown as part of a phased approach to welcoming back visitors.

Published : 13 Jul 2020

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National Trust reacts to Chancellor's mini budget on 8 July 2020

Patrick Begg, Outdoors and Natural Resources Director at the National Trust reacts to the Chancellor's mini-budget and plans for re-starting the UK economy.

Published : 08 Jul 2020

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New research shows £5.5bn fund needed to level up access to urban green space as part of UK’s green recovery

As the Prime Minister set out his ambition for the country’s recovery in the West Midlands last week, the National Trust, the Mayor of the West Midlands, Sustrans, Create Streets and local council leaders[3] have written to him urging a £5.5billion commitment to an urban green infrastructure fund to level up access to urban green space as part of his “infrastructure revolution”.

Published : 05 Jul 2020 Last update : 08 Jul 2020