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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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‘Hillfort Heroes’ – Volunteer rangers show their metal at Iron Age landscapes

Dozens of National Trust volunteer rangers have spent three months unearthing an array of wildlife and rare archaeological finds at one of the most ancient sites in the UK.

Published : 20 Aug 2019

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UK’s second rarest seabird terns the tide with best numbers since 1990

A colony of one of the UK’s rarest breeding seabirds has had its most successful season in almost 30 years thanks to National Trust rangers who camped out for three months to protect its nesting site.

Published : 16 Aug 2019

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A saintly homecoming as Carlo Dolci’s painting of Saint Agatha returns to Osterley Park and House

Saint Agatha will be the highlight of a winter exhibition at the historic former home of the art-collecting Child family. A painting of the early Christian martyr Saint Agatha, by Italian artist Carlo Dolci, has been acquired by the National Trust for Osterley Park and House in Middlesex.

Published : 15 Aug 2019

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National Trust responds to latest IPCC report on climate change

The IPCC has released its latest Special Report on Climate Change and Land. You can read our response here.

Published : 08 Aug 2019

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Sutton Hoo transformed to offer new ways to experience the story of Anglo-Saxon King and his ship burial

New displays, exhibitions and immersive experiences tell the complete story of the spectacular archaeological discovery of an Anglo-Saxon ship burial and its importance.

Published : 05 Aug 2019

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Nature-friendly farming celebrated in annual awards

The very best farm food producers have been recognised at the National Trust’s annual Fine Farm Produce Awards, presented at BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace.

Published : 02 Aug 2019

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Young environmentalists join National Trust in direct appeal to new Environment Secretary: ‘Act now before it’s too late’

The head of the National Trust is today joined by young environmentalists in making a direct appeal to the incoming Environment Secretary to set up an independent watchdog to protect the natural world for future generations.

Published : 01 Aug 2019 Last update : 02 Aug 2019

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Speaking nature's language

A new study has shown that our language for the natural world is being lost, especially among younger generations. To help children re-connect with nature, the National Trust is today launching an updated version of its 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ initiative - 50 free and easy ideas to help kids explore the great outdoors.

Published : 30 Jul 2019 Last update : 31 Jul 2019

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Celebrate summer with outdoor cinema, theatre and music events

Summer is here, and National Trust is making the most of it by hosting outdoors music, cinema and theatre performances at its beautiful historic properties.

Published : 25 Jun 2019 Last update : 31 Jul 2019

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New Sissinghurst category added to prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year Award

The National Trust and International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) have partnered to offer a new award, the Sissinghurst Photographic Award, dedicated to images of Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

Published : 30 Jul 2019

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Chain Reaction: National Trust’s Box Hill most popular cycle climb in the world

The National Trust’s Box Hill has beaten the winding French Alpine passes to be crowned the most popular cycling hill climb in the world, according to exercise app Strava.

Published : 24 Jul 2019

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London's last working shire horses drafted in to protect zone 4 meadows

The National Trust is replacing heavy machinery with a 17th-century technique of using shire horses to cut rare hay meadows in the heart of the capital.

Published : 24 Jul 2019

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New art exhibition under famous Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Tree

Celebrated contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith has created a new artwork for the National Trust which was displayed under the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Tree in Dorset.

Published : 21 Jul 2019 Last update : 23 Jul 2019

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From the Black Sea to the Cotswolds: Rare glass fish fragment sheds new light on Roman Britain

Part of an 1,800 year-old glass fish, the only one of its type ever discovered in Britain, has been discovered at the National Trust’s Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire.

Published : 22 Jul 2019

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Historic Workhouse infirmary opens for the first time

This summer visitors to The Workhouse in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, will for the first time be able to see inside the infirmary that served the inhabitants.

Published : 05 Jul 2019 Last update : 17 Jul 2019

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Jarvis Cocker commemorates Kinder Scout trespass with ‘BE KINDER’ art trail

A new art trail in the Peak District created by Jarvis Cocker follows in the footsteps of some of those who took part in the mass trespass onto Kinder Scout in 1932.

Published : 05 Jul 2019

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Wildlife that inspired Beatrix Potter tales thriving in Lake District meadows

Hay meadows that were among Beatrix Potter’s favourite beauty spots and provided the inspiration for some of her much-loved characters have been restored to their former glory thanks to a 25-year National Trust project.

Published : 05 Jul 2019

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National Trust announces it will divest from all fossil fuel companies

The National Trust has today announced it will cease any investment in fossil fuel companies.

Published : 04 Jul 2019