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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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Record-breaking year seals 30 years of breeding success at Blakeney Point

Rangers at the National Trust’s Blakeney National Nature Reserve in Norfolk have confirmed that this year’s grey seal pups have surpassed 3,000 for the first time.

Published : 21 Jan 2019

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National Trust launches its cultural programme for 2019

From the extraordinary story of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasures to the poignant memories of 1980s inhabitants at a historic workhouse, the National Trust has launched a programme of heritage events, art exhibitions and new experiences as part of its cultural offer for 2019.

Published : 17 Jan 2019 Last update : 16 Jan 2019

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Response to clauses for the proposed Environment Bill

Our response to the clauses for the proposed Environment Bill published by the Government.

Published : 20 Dec 2018

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Seal pup numbers increase on Farne Islands

Atlantic grey seal pup numbers on the Farne Islands have reached a record high thanks to a good supply of food and lack of predators.

Published : 19 Dec 2018

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National Trust withdraws legal opposition to seismic surveys at Clumber Park

The National Trust has withdrawn legal opposition to seismic surveys being carried out at Clumber Park – but will continue the fight against fracking at the site.

Published : 17 Dec 2018

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Year of temperature extremes results in peaks and troughs for wildlife

Fluctuating extreme temperatures ranging from an arctic -14 degrees centigrade, to a sizzling +35 have resulted in a roller-coaster year for wildlife, says the National Trust.

Published : 13 Dec 2018

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Rare 2000 year old figurine among finds of an archaeological dig on the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire

An archaeological dig at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire has uncovered a Late Iron Age to Early Roman (c.100 BC – 150AD) rural settlement.

Published : 12 Dec 2018

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Our statement regarding investing in fossil fuels

Read our statement regarding today's Guardian article about our investments.

Published : 19 Nov 2018 Last update : 20 Nov 2018

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Our statement regarding wild boars at Stourhead

Read our statement regarding wild boars at Stourhead.

Published : 19 Nov 2018

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Micro moth that’s a master of camouflage found for the first time in Ireland

A camouflaged species of micro moth has been announced by the National Trust as the first of its kind to be found in Northern Ireland, likely reaching the West coast by being buffeted by strong winds across the Irish Sea.

Published : 15 Nov 2018

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New agreement builds on decade-long contemporary art partnership

Our commitment to bring contemporary art to National Trust places continues following the signing of a new agreement with Arts Council England.

Published : 09 Nov 2018

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Our statement regarding Cragside

Read our statement regarding the exhibition at Cragside.

Published : 05 Nov 2018 Last update : 07 Nov 2018

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New Kitchen Garden at Mottisfont combines inspiration from medieval past with 21st century design

This autumn, a newly created Kitchen Garden at Mottisfont in Hampshire will see food production and sustainability return to the property for the first time in more than 30 years.

Published : 01 Nov 2018

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National Trust 2019 Handbook photography competition - winners revealed

A photograph of a young boy bounding over rocks at Prawle Point in South Devon will star on the cover of the 2019 National Trust Handbook, and be seen by the charity’s five million members, following a competition to find new imagery for the annual guide.

Published : 01 Nov 2018 Last update : 30 Oct 2018

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Results of members' resolution about the use of barbed wire

At our AGM on Saturday 20 October, members had the opportunity to vote on a member's resolution about the use of barbed wire at National Trust properties.

Published : 20 Oct 2018

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National Trust response to the HS2 Phase 2b working draft environmental statement

Following the publication of further details about Phase 2b of the High Speed 2 railway, the National Trust remains concerned about the impacts of the proposed route.

Published : 12 Oct 2018

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‘We are Bess’ – the life of Tudor England’s Bess of Hardwick revealed through the voices of modern women

The life of one of Tudor England’s most remarkable women, Bess of Hardwick, will be seen through the eyes of modern women as a new exhibition opens at Hardwick Hall.

Published : 03 Oct 2018

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Globally endangered Large Blue butterfly enjoys best numbers for 80 years

A previously extinct butterfly has had its best summer on record with the south west of England recognised as having the highest numbers anywhere in the world.

Published : 19 Sep 2018