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Birdwatcher with binoculars
The Director-General of the National Trust, Dame Helen Ghosh

Helen Ghosh to step down as Director General 

Dame Helen has announced she will be leaving us in March next year. She has been our Director-General since 2012 and takes up a new position as the Master of Balliol College at Oxford University in April 2018.

Archaeologists in a stone circle

Archaeologists discover ‘secret square’ beneath stone circle

What is thought to be a unique square monument has been found by archaeologists working in the Avebury stone circle. A research team led by the University of Leicester and University of Southampton has used geophysical techniques to investigate without digging.

Greylag geese on Orford Ness

Our plan to restore nature at our places 

Find out more about our ambitious plans to restore nature at our places, creating 25,000 hectares of new wildlife habitats by 2025.

A water vole perches on a wooden post

Water vole revival at Malham Tarn

Water voles are flourishing at Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales, following a reintroduction last year. Rangers are now releasing 100 more of the rare mammals

Child playing in a tree at Hatfield Forest, Essex

A new Tree Charter for the 21st century 

We have joined the call for a new Tree Charter to protect people’s rights to the benefits of trees and woods.

Stained glass windows at The Vyne's chapel with sunlight shining through

Tudor Mass audio illusion unveiled at The Vyne

The sounds of a Tudor Lady Mass can be experienced in our 16th-century chapel for the first time in nearly 500 years. This unique audio illusion immerses listeners in a Mass as Henry VIII may have heard it, when he visited The Vyne in 1535.

Senior conservator, Heather Porter, lowering the arm of the Knole sofa

Knole’s future secure as we open doors to new conservation studio 

The conservation studio is part of a major building, conservation and restoration project – the largest in the Trust’s history – which will rescue Knole from centuries of decay and open up spaces never seen before.

View from above into Clandon Park following the fire

Clandon Park International Design Competition

Through our International Design Competition we’re searching for a world-class multidisciplinary design team to restore and reimagine Clandon Park, following the major fire. The competition launched in March and following the shortlist announcement, the winning team will be revealed in early autumn.

National Trust Great British Beach Clean

Volunteers to tackle beach litter menace 

Dozens of volunteers will join our rangers to clean litter from beaches across the country this weekend.

Nick Stokes at Cotehele

New research lands fin whale discovery at Cotehele 

A giant jawbone at Cotehele, Cornwall, has at last been found to be from a fin whale – thanks to a mixture of cutting edge DNA analysis and archival research.

The Edwardian house at Overbecks, Salcombe, Devon, glimpsed beyond the exotic planting in the garden

Horticultural award for south west garden consultant 

Ian Wright, our garden consultant in the south west, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Associate of Honour’ from the RHS.

Wildlife stories

Farne Island seals

First seal pups spotted on the Farne Islands

The first seal pups for 2016 have been born on the Farne Islands. Find out more about how they are faring.

 Sky Arts presenters Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner at Scotney Castle

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 

The new series of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year starts on 11 October 2016. Some of the episodes were filmed at our places where you will see the artists in action.

Nature

Land conservation