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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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Delight for biologists as new scientific discovery made in the UK

A fungus previously unknown to world science has been discovered on land looked after by the National Trust.

Published : 14 Feb 2018

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Heritage bodies respond to A303 road scheme

Historic England, the National Trust and English Heritage welcome the work done by Highways England on the design of the proposed A303 road at Stonehenge.

Published : 08 Feb 2018

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National Trust announces 50p a month average increase in membership prices to help fund rising conservation costs

We've announced an increase in membership prices, to help fund rising conservation costs.

Published : 29 Jan 2018 Last update : 01 Feb 2018

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National Trust to revive the “world’s greatest war memorial”

After the Great War came the greatest of gifts. Scafell Pike and 12 other Lakeland summits were given to the National Trust in the years after peace was declared, becoming Britain’s most spectacular and unique memorial to those lost in World War One.

Published : 15 Jan 2018 Last update : 29 Jan 2018

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Welcome boost to save UK’s rarest butterfly

The High Brown Fritillary, the UK’s most endangered butterfly, has been thrown a lifeline for 2018 in a new conservation project by the National Trust and partners.

Published : 23 Jan 2018

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New exhibition of major works celebrates William Blake’s relationship with Sussex for the first time at Petworth

Some of William Blake’s greatest works from poetry to painting will be displayed at Petworth in West Sussex, including paintings commissioned by the Wyndham family, and rare hand-coloured etchings of Blake’s illustrated epic poem Milton.

Published : 15 Jan 2018

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New record for seal pups born at England’s largest colony

The final count is in and National Trust rangers have confirmed it’s a record-breaking year for the number of seal pups born this winter.

Published : 11 Jan 2018

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Call for Government to support nature friendly farming policies post-Brexit

A group of more than 100 farmers with a new vision for the future of British agriculture is launching the Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) at the Real Farming Conference in Oxford.

Published : 05 Jan 2018

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Balmy 2017 threw Britain's wildlife clock haywire

Traditional British seasons were plunged into chaos in 2017 as one of the hottest years on record sparked a “freak” year for nature, the National Trust’s annual wildlife and weather review reveals.

Published : 28 Dec 2017 Last update : 02 Jan 2018

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Rangers use drone to help with Farne Islands seal pup count

Our rangers on the Farne Islands have been using a drone to help them record the second ever highest number of seal pups on the archipelago.

Published : 22 Dec 2017

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Discover winter wonderland gardens with the National Trust

There’s nothing better on a crisp winter’s day than venturing outdoors to explore frosty landscapes and spot winter wildlife.

Published : 18 Dec 2017

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Report outlines costs for agricultural policy that gives more funding for nature, and rewards farmers for protecting the environment

The RSPB, National Trust and The Wildlife Trusts have released a new report which details the funding required to meet the UK’s priorities for environmental land management, and how a new system should reward farmers for protecting the environment.

Published : 14 Dec 2017 Last update : 15 Dec 2017

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National Trust names its new Director-General

The National Trust has named Hilary McGrady as its new Director-General.

Published : 14 Dec 2017 Last update : 15 Dec 2017

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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