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Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland
Fire at Zennor Head, Cornwall in July 2022

Dry July: how we're adapting to a changing climate 

After the recent heatwave and driest July on record, we've seen impacts at the landscapes and gardens in our care. These exceptional conditions are a reminder of how important it is to cut emissions and adapt. To plan for change, we’re restoring landscapes to ensure they’re richer in wildlife. We’re also working to make gardens and buildings more resilient to rising temperatures.

A split image of the real Corfe Castle compared to the virtual build in Minecraft

Minecraft introduces virtual National Trust ruins 

We're partnering with Minecraft to introduce ancient ruins for gamers to build and explore in the game. The Wild Update will be launched with a foundation ruin for Corfe Castle in Dorset, letting players build on top of the current remains of the castle to re-imagine what it would have been like as a working castle over 1,000 years ago.

Concept designs to illustrate the new architectural principles for Clandon Park in Surrey

New plans for Clandon Park are announced 

We’re proud to share plans for Clandon Park that give the house an exciting new future. Clandon is a great house laid bare, offering a unique ‘X-ray’ view of how a country house is made. We’re going to carefully conserve the house in its fire-damaged state, with new roof access, illuminating roof lights and suspended walkways through the house.

Close up of a stone-mason chiselling a decorative piece of stone

£6.2 million grant from Hamish Ogston Foundation funds heritage skills apprenticeships 

Find out more about our new heritage skills apprenticeship, which offers students the chance to gain qualifications in stonemasonry or carpentry and joinery.

Painting is rehung on a wall at Anglesey Abbey by National Trust staff

Constable revealed at Anglesey Abbey 

The largest known painting by artist John Constable has been brought back to its full glory by our conservators, revealing a long-vanished Thames skyline view. The painting, the Embarkation of George IV from Whitehall: the Opening of Waterloo Bridge, 1817, records the scene on the second anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. It has now returned to display at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire as part of a celebration of Constable works in its collection.

A young Paul McCartney and John Lennon sit with their guitars next to the fireplace in the front room of 20 Forthlin Road. They are in the process of writing and practicing 'I Saw her Standing There'.

Bringing live music back to the birthplace of the Beatles 

20 Forthlin Road in Liverpool is where four friends became the Beatles, and we've been searching for new artists to bring music back to this historic place. Find out who the winning music acts are and how you can tune in for this once in a lifetime event.

Nightjar

Five-year project to restore and improve Brownsea's habitat begins 

Nestled in Poole Harbour, Dorset, Brownsea Island is embarking on the largest conservation project in the island’s history, to create a better space and the right conditions for nature to thrive, providing a more sustainable future for the conservation of species dependent on its varied habitat. Funded by the Rural Payments Agency under the government’s Countryside Stewardship scheme, the project aims to improve, expand and link up existing wildlife-rich areas of Brownsea.

A native white-clawed crayfish at Wallington, Northumberland

Refuge created for endangered crayfish 

The white-clawed crayfish, one of the UK's most endangered species, has been given a fresh chance of survival thanks to a refuge created at the Wallington Estate in Northumberland. We'll be taking up to 100 of the crustaceans from the River Wansbeck to an old cattle drinking hole, which has been made into an isolated and self-contained area known as an 'Ark' site.

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