Behind the scenes in Devon

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at the National Trust? Here's some stories to help discover what we do to look after the places you love, from houses, buildings and gardens to coast and countryside.

A builder cutting granite

Saving Castle Drogo

Find out about our six year conservation project to make the castle watertight. An undertaking more complex than it might sound.

Wild flowers with the Mewstone in the background

Wembury Point: returning to nature 

This is the story of how huge public support allowed us to safeguard Wembury, and return it to its natural beauty for all to enjoy. Over £1.4million was donated by people who wanted to see this significant headland on the edge of Plymouth Sound restored and safeguarded for ever.

Coleton Fishacre vintage DJ volunteer James playing a record on a gramaphone

A day in the life of James 

At Coleton Fishacre the volunteers bring the house to life in lots of different ways. Vintage DJ James plays music from the 1920s and 1940s on a gramophone made in the 1940s. He shares some stories about his experience volunteering at as the only Vintage DJ volunteer in the National Trust.

The interior of an 1800s travelling chariot

Conservation at the Carriage Museum

Carriages are made of up many different and delicate materials, which all react differently to the atmosphere. Discover some of the challenges and conservation methods in caring for this special collection.

A la Ronde in winter

Have you ever wondered why A la Ronde has sixteen sides?

A beautiful yet unique building with a fascinating history and design - find out why it has 16 sides. Come and find out more about this amazing property and the reasons why it is built the way it is.

The stream that runs the waterwheel for Manor Mill

Behind the scenes at the Mill

Manor Mill in Branscombe is run by a small team of rangers and local volunteers. This year might be one of the toughest as the team is struggling to find new recruits.

A picture of the ceiling in the library, showing a talbot dog carving on a corbel

Discovering the unsual and extraordinary at Knightshayes

Knightshayes has an extraordinary past, with stories to match. Here's a handful of the stories behind closed doors, and the gems to discover in the gardens.

Lydford Gorge ranger Demelza with chainsaw ready to cut up fallen tree

A day in the life of a Lydford Gorge ranger

Lydford Gorge is the deepest river gorge in the South West and the habitats it contains are almost as diverse as the skills needed to look after it.

The library at Greenway in South Devon

The Greenway book project

A huge project has been completed, conserving and cataloguing all of the books in the house. This delicate job was undertaken by a team of expert volunteers and library cataloguer Keith Manley.

Overbeck's First Flight

When you take time to admire 'First Flight' you help us look after her

Imagine the flutter of wings as the young girl raises her hand skyward offering liberty to the bird poised on her fingers. Statuettes available in the shop.

A herd of cows at East Soar

Finding the balance at East Soar 

East Soar is an ancient farming settlement, managed to keep the coast productive, but also useful and in a sensitive way.

Putting in a new gate in South Devon

What can you help us with?

Help us maintain the stunning stretch of coast between Salcombe and Hope Cove.

The hydro turbine on the river Teign produces electricity that is used by Castle Drogo.
The hydro turbine on the river Teign.
The hydro turbine on the river Teign produces electricity that is used by Castle Drogo.