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121-year-old chocolate discovered in Boer War helmet case 

Chocolate commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1900, still within its original wrapper and tin, has been discovered in a Boer War helmet at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk. The chocolate and helmet belonged to the 8th Baronet, Sir Henry Edward Paston-Bedingfeld, who fought in the Second Boer War (1899-1902).

A beaver swimming in the river at Holnicote

Two beavers released in the South Downs 

We've released a pair of beavers into a sheltered valley at the edge of the South Downs as part of our efforts to restore nature. The beavers will help us create a wildlife-rich wetland landscape and improve water quality. The project follows our successful reintroduction of two beavers at Holnicote in Exmoor early last year.

Bembridge Windmill on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight windmill painted by JMW Turner restored 

The last surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight has been restored after a two-year project. Built in the early 1700s, it's a treasured local feature and an important part of the Island’s industrial past. It was even captured in watercolour by JMW Turner in 1795. Now, new sails have been restored to the Grade I listed building thanks to local fundraising support, and a lifeline grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Pink apple blossom

Helping communities blossom 

We’re working with partners so urban communities can share the joy of spring blossom, which has become a symbol of hope. During the next five years, circles of blossom trees will be planted in towns and cities across England, Northern Ireland and Wales, creating spaces for people to come together and take in the beauty of the season. We hope to create a British equivalent of Japan’s ‘Hanami’, the popular custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers.

House Steward Ellie, cleans the State Bedroom carpet

Ground breaking new pest control trial at Blickling Hall 

We're beginning a ground-breaking new pest control trial at Blickling in Norfolk, to help tackle clothes moths. The trial makes use of natural methods, in a combination not previously used in a heritage setting.

Samurai armour from Snowshill being worked on by conservators at the conservation studio

Funding windfall for precious artworks 

We can restore more than 100 historic artworks thanks to a generous gift from our US membership affiliate The Royal Oak Foundation. Find out how we'll be using the money to restore some of the rarest collection items in our care.

Ranger dry stone walling

Training the countryside guardians of tomorrow 

It's National Apprenticeship Week (8 – 14 February), and we've joined forces with some of the UK's largest conservation organisations to launch a new government-backed apprenticeship which sees new countryside rangers achieving the equivalent to a foundation degree through on-the-job training.

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