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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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Changing Chalk: partnership aims to breathe new life into ancient landscape with £2m grant

A habitat that is so diverse in wildlife it has been nicknamed ‘Europe’s tropical rainforest’ is to be brought back to life thanks to a multi-million-pound grant raised by players of the National Lottery.

Published : 15 Oct 2021

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Nation’s largest landowners join government in unprecedented summit to tackle climate crisis

The National Trust is bringing England’s largest landowners together for a one-day summit to debate a range of climate change commitments ahead of COP26, helping government reach its net zero target and fast-track urgently needed adaptation measures

Published : 12 Oct 2021 Last update : 14 Oct 2021

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National Trust ‘shines a light’ on the cultural landscape to get the right trees in the right places

The National Trust’s largest tree planting project to date is relying on sophisticated aerial mapping using a laser to help decide where 75,000 British native trees will be planted on the Wallington Estate in Northumberland over the next few months.

Published : 06 Oct 2021

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The oldest tapestry in the National Trust returns to display after conservation

A rare 15th century tapestry - the oldest owned by the National Trust - is returning to display at Montacute House in Somerset after spending four years away for conservation, but with it comes a mystery.

Published : 01 Oct 2021 Last update : 04 Oct 2021

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Britons turning into a nation of ‘leaf peepers’ according to new National Trust research as experts predict a ‘good’ season for autumn colour

Britons are turning into a nation of ‘leaf peepers’, according to new research commissioned by the National Trust. And, with signs looking positive for a good year for autumn colour, the conservation charity is urging people to get outside to enjoy the season.

Published : 30 Sep 2021

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Recruitment search under way as National Trust’s longest serving gardener retires from World Heritage garden

The search is on for a new Head Gardener at the world-famous Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden for the first time in nearly four decades, following the retirement of the National Trust’s longest serving gardener.

Published : 30 Sep 2021

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Full personal collection of photographs taken by Mercie Lack and Barbara Wagstaff at Sutton Hoo excavation digitised and online for the first time.

Serious amateur photographers with an interest in archaeology, Mercie Lack and Barbara Wagstaff, visited Sutton Hoo in the summer of 1939 and created an extraordinary record of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.

Published : 29 Sep 2021

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British Library and the National Trust announce new partnership to uncover hidden links between collections

The British Library and the National Trust today announce a new partnership to increase public knowledge about how their collections have intertwined through the centuries.

Published : 21 Sep 2021 Last update : 28 Sep 2021

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Riverbanks and watercourses to be planted with thousands of hectares of new woodland to improve water quality and biodiversity

Over 3,000 hectares of new woodlands are set to be planted along England’s rivers and watercourses with backing from the country’s leading environmental organisations, Forestry Minister Lord Goldsmith announced today (Saturday 25 September).

Published : 27 Sep 2021

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Flood risk hits home with calls to protect UK from dangerous climate change

With the autumn and winter period fast approaching and the increasing severity of seasonal storms and heavy rainfall, The Climate Coalition (TCC) is urging Government to cut emissions faster, support adaptation for vital infrastructure and invest more in nature-based solutions in its Autumn Spending Review.

Published : 23 Sep 2021 Last update : 24 Sep 2021

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Conservators use anti-ageing laser to give historic objects a facelift

A laser usually used for treating skin conditions has been put to work treating an ornate historic chair thought to have been used by artists Van Dyck and Turner, at Petworth House in West Sussex.

Published : 23 Sep 2021 Last update : 24 Sep 2021

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Magnificent samurai armour returns to unique National Trust manor after 300 hours of conservation

A magnificent suit of 19th-century samurai armour – part of the largest collection of such armour in the UK – has returned to display at the National Trust’s Snowshill Manor in Gloucestershire after 300 hours of painstaking conservation and cleaning.

Published : 16 Sep 2021

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Bank breached in milestone moment for new wetland habitat

A key milestone in the creation of a new intertidal habitat on the river Tamar in Cornwall has been reached with the 15 metre breach of the 19th century bank to help tackle habitat and nature loss with the flooding of low grade farmland.

Published : 14 Sep 2021

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National Trust reveals blossoming ambitions for city of culture as ‘Project Blossom’ starts to take root around UK

Coventry is the latest city to confirm plans for a new blossom garden as part of the National Trust and its partners’ ambition to create hundreds of blossom spaces in urban areas across England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the next five years, to ensure more people have access to nature and green spaces. The charity and its partners also hope to create a UK-equivalent of Japan’s world-famous Hanami (blossom viewing).

Published : 09 Sep 2021

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Public search launched to find Chair of Europe’s largest conservation charity

The National Trust has today launched its public campaign to recruit its most senior volunteer who wants to ‘become part of the Trust’s story’ to lead Europe’s largest conservation charity.

Published : 06 Sep 2021 Last update : 09 Sep 2021

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Peatland restoration brings back rare birds after twenty years

Find out how peatland restoration has brought back rare upland birds to breed at a farm on the Migneint after twenty years.

Published : 09 Sep 2021

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National Trust ‘shores up’ to protect vital saltmarsh habitat

A significant conservation project to help retain vital saltmars habitat in the Blackwater Estuary over the next century is underway at Northey Island in Essex.

Published : 01 Sep 2021 Last update : 02 Sep 2021

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Loyal members stand by National Trust in "part-hibernation" year

Millions of members stuck by the National Trust during its most difficult year, according to the charity’s annual report which is published today.

Published : 31 Aug 2021