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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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Isaac Newton drawings discovered on the walls of his childhood home

A drawing thought to have been scratched by a young Isaac Newton into the walls of his childhood home has been discovered at the National Trust’s Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire.

Published : 08 Dec 2017

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Allies and Morrison wins international design competition to restore, reimagine and rebuild Clandon Park

Following an international design competition which attracted 60 entries from some of the world’s leading designers, architects Allies and Morrison have been chosen to bring Clandon Park back to life after a devastating fire in 2015.

Published : 06 Dec 2017 Last update : 08 Dec 2017

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Once-in-a-lifetime chance to spot rare hawfinch

This autumn may be the best chance to see some of the UK's most elusive birds, say National Trust experts.

Published : 01 Dec 2017 Last update : 08 Dec 2017

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Women and Power: National Trust shines a light on women’s histories to celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage in 2018

The long struggle for women’s suffrage and the debates it inspired across the homes, workplaces and communities of England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be explored in 2018 as part of the National Trust’s commemoration to mark 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act.

Published : 27 Nov 2017 Last update : 07 Dec 2017

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The final martial statue returns to Stowe after 100 years

The major restoration of Stowe Landscape Garden is now a step closer to completion.

Published : 13 Nov 2017 Last update : 07 Dec 2017

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Collection of rare ancient coins discovered at Scotney Castle

A vast collection of ancient coins has been discovered tucked away in a drawer at the National Trust’s Scotney Castle in Kent. The unique set, comprising 186 coins in total, spans twenty-five centuries of history.

Published : 03 Nov 2017 Last update : 06 Dec 2017

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Very rare ‘strangler’ fungus discovered…just in time for Halloween

An extremely rare fungus with a lethal survival technique and eerie name has been discovered in the UK - just in time for Halloween. The powdercap strangler is a parasitic fungus that grows by body-snatching another grassland fungus, the earthly powdercap.

Published : 30 Oct 2017 Last update : 06 Dec 2017

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Great Storm of 1987 rewrote National Trust conservation strategy

Britain’s Great Storm of 1987 wreaked devastation across more than a third of National Trust woodland. Now, three decades on, the Trust reflects on how such an extraordinary event caused it to re-evaluate the way it manages the countryside in its care.

Published : 16 Oct 2017 Last update : 06 Dec 2017

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National Trust reveals how places shape who we are

From the setting of your earliest memory, to a significant place that evokes memories of a loved one, we all have certain places that are intensely meaningful to us. The National Trust has today released pioneering brain research, which for the first time proves meaningful places play a huge part in our emotional and physical wellbeing.

Published : 12 Oct 2017 Last update : 06 Dec 2017

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Dr Tarnya Cooper to join National Trust as Curatorial & Collections Director

The National Trust has appointed Dr Tarnya Cooper as Curatorial & Collections Director. Tarnya will join the Trust’s newly expanded cohort of curators led by Director of Curation & Experience, John Orna-Ornstein.

Published : 11 Oct 2017 Last update : 06 Dec 2017

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Extreme weeding – fighting an aquatic invader at Claremont

In an extreme case of weeding, amphibious tractors are this week tackling almost 16 tonnes of invasive weed in the lake at the National Trust’s Claremont Landscape Garden.

Published : 10 Oct 2017 Last update : 06 Dec 2017

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Green light for Sutton Hoo transformation as National Trust is awarded £1.8 million National Lottery grant

Bold plans to take one of the UK’s most significant historical sites into the future are set to go ahead after the National Trust learnt it has been awarded a £1.8million National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help transform the way it tells the story of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.

Published : 04 Oct 2017 Last update : 06 Dec 2017

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Diamond spider, presumed extinct, discovered for the first time in almost 50 years

A spider presumed extinct in Britain for almost half a century has made a remarkable comeback, thanks to habitat restoration.

Published : 04 Oct 2017 Last update : 06 Dec 2017

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How woodland devastated by Great Storm of 1987 bounced back on its own

As 110mph winds raged across southern England, Britain’s Great Storm of 1987 wreaked devastation across scores of National Trust woodland.

Published : 15 Oct 2017 Last update : 06 Dec 2017

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Dame Vera Lynn praises after support for £1m appeal secures future of White Cliffs

Dame Vera Lynn praised the generosity of the British public after £1m was raised in just three weeks to help protect the future of the White Cliffs of Dover for the nation, for ever.

Published : 29 Sep 2017 Last update : 06 Dec 2017

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Squirrel Nutkin thrives again: Conservation project revives squirrel population from 99% grey to 100% red

Threatened red squirrel numbers are thriving against the odds on one of Britain’s largest estates after painstaking work by a National Trust ranger.

Published : 22 Sep 2017 Last update : 06 Dec 2017

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Kingston Lacy explores the life and exile of William John Bankes as part of National Trust’s ‘Prejudice & Pride’ programme

A bold new installation at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy in Dorset marks fifty years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Published : 21 Sep 2017 Last update : 06 Dec 2017

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Digging deep to stem the skills shortage in heritage horticulture

Five budding gardeners are this month starting two year horticultural apprenticeships with the National Trust, as the conservation charity opens new pathways into careers in horticulture.

Published : 21 Sep 2017 Last update : 06 Dec 2017