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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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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

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Blooming again: White Cliffs of Dover alive with songbirds and wildflowers after meadow transformation

An area of farmland on the White Cliffs of Dover is awash with wildflowers, butterflies and endangered birds, two and a half years after it was saved for the nation by a public fundraising appeal led by the National Trust and Dame Vera Lynn.

Published : 03 Jul 2020

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National Trust response to Prime Minister's speech, 30 June 2020

Ingrid Samuel, Historic Environment Director at the National Trust, responds to the Prime Minister's speech about the Government's recovery plans

Published : 30 Jun 2020

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Latest statement on reopening and coronavirus (COVID-19)

The National Trust's latest statement on reopening and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here:

Published : 05 Mar 2020 Last update : 23 Jun 2020

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UK values nature more as a result of lockdown, according to summer solstice poll

A poll commissioned by the National Trust has revealed how an increased relationship with nature appears to have helped people across the UK since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in March.

Published : 18 Jun 2020

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Dramatic rise in barbecues and litter as wildfire risk continues

The National Trust is urging people not to bring a barbecue or light a campfire when they visit the coast and countryside, following a spate of wildfires during lockdown.

Published : 17 Jun 2020

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Charity acquires gateway to Lorna Doone’s Exmoor

The National Trust has announced its acquisition of a legendary slice of Lorna Doone landscape on Exmoor made just prior to lockdown.

Published : 15 Jun 2020

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Farming for nature pays off for Wimpole

Nature and soil health are flourishing at the National Trust’s Wimpole Home Farm near Cambridge according to the results of a full ‘health-check’ into its biodiversity, carbon levels and levels of public accessibility.

Published : 08 Jun 2020 Last update : 09 Jun 2020

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Puffins return to breed on the Farne Islands in strong numbers

Puffins have returned to the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast, cared for by the National Trust, for the start of the breeding season.

Published : 01 Jun 2020

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Stay local and explore the outdoors near you this bank holiday weekend, urges National Trust

The National Trust is urging people across England to stay close to home and explore local green spaces and countryside this weekend, as part of the collective effort to make easing of the lockdown work.

Published : 22 May 2020

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‘Emboldened wildlife’ reported by National Trust during human lockdown

Eight weeks since the National Trust closed its properties to restrict the spread of coronavirus, wildlife seems to be enjoying its unusually empty gardens and estates.

Published : 20 May 2020

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Earliest bloom in at least a decade for Bodnant Garden’s golden laburnum arch

The laburnum arch at the National Trust’s world famous Bodnant Garden in Conwy has produced its earliest blooms for a decade, following a record amount of sunshine in April and May.

Published : 15 May 2020 Last update : 17 May 2020

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National Trust calls for UK's letters from lockdown

The National Trust is calling for people around the UK to share their letters with the conservation charity and its followers and members, about their lockdown experiences. The Trust plans to add a selection to its historic collection of letters.

Published : 07 May 2020

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HRH The Prince of Wales writes in an anniversary edition of the National Trust Magazine

Our President, HRH The Prince of Wales, has written a foreword in the summer edition of the National Trust Magazine.

Published : 05 May 2020

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National Trust leader calls for urgent support for nature and wildlife sectors and a ‘green, not grey’ recovery

The National Trust is today urging the Government to ensure its recovery plans support a greener economy, don’t sacrifice environmental progress and ensure more people have better access to nature-rich green space.

Published : 01 May 2020 Last update : 02 May 2020

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Bumper year for apple blossom after ‘sunniest April on record’

A mild winter and weeks of continuous sunshine have resulted in a good year for apple blossom, according to the National Trust.

Published : 01 May 2020