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More than 60,000 people participated in the Restore Nature Now march
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Over 60,000 people march to parliament to demand politicians Restore Nature Now 

On Saturday 22 June over 60,000 people marched through central London to parliament to send one simple but powerful message to all the UK’s political parties – that they must Restore Nature Now.

An artist impression of The WaterAid Garden on the Castlefield Viaduct in Manchester
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WaterAid Garden set to flourish in new home at the National Trust’s Manchester ‘sky park’ after winning Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 

WaterAid is delighted to announce the relocation of its striking Gold medal-winning garden from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show to Castlefield Viaduct in Manchester, where it will inspire even more people to think about sustainable water management.

A Hungarian Mangalitsa pig on a slope among bracken at Heddon Valley in Devon
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Hungry and hairy Hungarian hogs help save UK's most endangered butterfly 

Conservationists racing to save the UK's most endangered butterfly have recruited the help of some unique volunteers: hairy Hungarian hogs.

A computer generated image of what Castlefield Viaduct could look like in the future showing lush greenery and people exploring the gardens
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Future plans for Castlefield Viaduct revealed and designs underway for extension 

The National Trust has today revealed plans for the long-term future of the Castlefield Viaduct ‘sky park’ in Manchester. The masterplan, termed the ‘Vision,’ is a direct response to public feedback from viaduct visitors and the local community who took part in a series of workshops, events and an online survey in autumn 2023.

Puffin emerging from nest hole, Farne Islands, Northumberland
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See-sawing fortunes for seabirds on the Farne Islands as puffin count gets underway 

For the first time since 2019, rangers on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast, cared for by the National Trust, are gearing up to carry out a full puffin census, surveying eight of the 28 islands to get a vitally needed and critically overdue picture of the red-listed seabird’s numbers.

A group of silhouettes of Second World War era soldiers can be seen against a colourful sky at dawn with orange light reflecting from light clouds.
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A memorial art installation to soldiers killed in the D-Day landing is coming to Stowe Gardens 

A memorial installation to soldiers killed in the D-Day landing on 6 June 1944 will be coming to the UK for exhibition in September where it can be seen in full for the first time.

Two volunteers helping with a beach clean at Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire
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Lend a hand for nature with the Big Help Out 2024 

The National Trust is marking the second Big Help Out Campaign with a range of activities from nature surveys, litter picks and beach cleans, to gardening.

Three ladies sitting in chairs face a huge tapestry. They are sewing the lower border onto the tapestry which shows a biblical scene from the story of Gideon
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Major European awards recognise conservation work of the National Trust 

The conservation of a set of tapestries which took 24 years and cost £1.7 million to complete has won recognition from a major international heritage award.

A sole hero tree stands between two green hills under a clear blue sky
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King Charles confirmed as first recipient of Sycamore Gap seedling in honour of national Celebration Day 

The first successful seedling nurtured from seeds collected from the 200-year-old Sycamore Gap tree after it was illegally felled by an act of vandalism last September has been gifted to His Majesty The King by the National Trust in honour of this year’s Celebration Day (Monday 27 May).

A women wearing a purple jacket dances with her arms in the air on Woolacome beach in Devon. She wears headphones and holds a litter picker in the air because she is taking part in a silent disco beach clean
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Beachgoers swap boogie boards for a boogie beach clean to help protect nature at popular Devon beach 

The addition of a silent disco to beach cleans at the National Trust’s Woolacombe beach has seen numbers increase for vital conservation work to help protect nature.

A photo of a man with grey hair wearing a Plantlife jacket and a man with brown, curly hair wearing a National Trust jacket holding a rosy saxifrage plant. They are surrounded by bushes and are both smiling.
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Extinct plant reintroduced to the wild in Wales after 62 years 

A beautiful mountain plant that once clung to cliff edges in Eryri (Snowdonia) has been successfully reintroduced in to the wild in Wales after being extinct since 1962.

Andy Jasper, Ann-Marie Powell and Alan Roper with The People's Choice Award
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The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust wins coveted People’s Choice Award – its third award of the week – at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 

The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust has been awarded The People’s Choice Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024.

Aerial view of the River Bure on the Blickling Estate in Norfolk
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Nature just the tonic for gin-clear ‘globally rare’ chalk stream in the Norfolk Broads 

A project to revive a stretch of precious chalk stream in Norfolk that inspired poets and painters has been completed, marking the culmination of six-years of work led by the National Trust.

Aerial view of Great Wood looking down towards the Jaws of Borrowdale
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Borrowdale rainforest to become a new National Nature Reserve 

On Wednesday 22 May, Borrowdale has been announced as the latest in the ‘King’s Series of National Nature Reserves’ (NNRs) by the National Trust and Natural England.

The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024
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“Let’s aspire to fantastic urban spaces”: garden of ‘outdoor sitting rooms’ celebrating social pioneer Octavia Hill wins Silver-Gilt and inaugural RHS Children’s Choice Award at RHS Chelsea Flower show 

The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust has been awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024.

Dame Judi Dench and schoolgirl Charlotte Crowe hold a pot containing a Sycamore Gap seedling. They stand in The Octavia Hill Garden at Chelsea Flower Show, London
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Dame Judi Dench and school competition winner place Sycamore Gap seedling in The Octavia Hill Garden at Chelsea Flower Show 

A seedling, grown from seeds collected from the Sycamore Gap tree after it was felled last September, has been placed in The Octavia Hill Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show by Dame Judi Dench and competition winner, 7-year-old Charlotte Crowe.

A flock of birds flying above a wetland with long reeds and pools of water on a sunny day
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Charities back UK workers saying nature must be at the heart of business decisions 

Three of the UK’s largest conservation charities are calling on companies to put nature at the heart of all business decisions.

A group of people laughing together and resting on their hike Mam Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire
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New project is improving representation in the outdoors by training 100 new walk leaders from global majority communities 

A new project that aims to improve representation in the outdoors by supporting people from the global majority to become qualified walk leaders has seen 24 participants successfully complete their first stage of training.

A man in a beige fleece and a woman in a dark blue rainjacket crouching on a grassy patch, holding a black tray with marsh violet plug plants
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No shrinking violets! Conservation charity aims to create purple patch with mass planting of 20,000 violets to satisfy particular tastes of rare butterfly 

Across the Shropshire Hills this spring, the National Trust and many dedicated volunteers will start the mass planting of 20,000 marsh violets, the largest planting of its kind in the UK.

His Majesty The King, our Patron, and Hilary McGrady, Director-General of the National Trust
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His Majesty The King to continue royal patronage of the National Trust 

His Majesty The King will be continuing his royal patronage of the National Trust, acting as the charity’s Patron.

Someone holding a sphagnum moss plug wearing a blue glove with 2 people in the background planting sphagnum moss on moorland on Kinder Scout.
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Peatland restoration at Kinder Scout will plant 800,000 tiny ‘speed-bumps’ to improve health of the peatlands 

Work has started to restore a new 526-hectare (1,300 acre) area of peatland on Kinder Scout in Derbyshire, the site of the famous mass trespass of 1932 that is now cared for by the National Trust.

Two National Trust curators are carefully lifting a picture onto an easel, the picture, about three feet wide, shows three young children in Tudor period dress.
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Rare art work by 18th Century inventor of colour printing discovered at historic house in Norfolk 

A rare surviving work by the inventor of colour printing discovered at Oxburgh Estate in Norfolk

Ducks and birds on wetted fen
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Wicken Fen marks landmark 125th anniversary by announcing restoration plans to help ensure rare fenland endures for generations to come 

The National Trust is marking 125 years of caring for one of the oldest nature reserves in the UK – and the very first it acquired - with the announcement of a £1.8 million project to restore 215 hectares (531 acres) of precious peat at Wicken Fen, making it the conservation charities largest lowland peat restoration project.

A view  of the completed Goldrill Beck River Restoration project, Ullswater
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Partnership project to restore rivers in the Lake District wins 2024 UK River Prize 

The Ullswater Catchment Management partnership, which is spearheaded by the National Trust and Ullswater Catchment Management Community Interest Company (UCMCIC) and works to restore and improve rivers in the Ullswater catchment in the Lake District, has won the prestigious 2024 UK River Prize’s Catchment Award.

A street name plate in a busy location in Birmingham called 'Cherry Street' telling the story of blossom
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Ghost of ‘lost’ blossom endures through street and place names, according to new research from the National Trust 

With the National Trust’s Blossom Week about to bloom (20-28th April), new research published by the charity has revealed the significance of historic blossom in all its different guises in influencing the street and place names that still exist today.

Glyn Smith holds retirement portrait with other historic prints behind him, in house at Erddig, Wrexham, Wale
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New portrait – the first in over 100 years – joins unmatched collection of historic staff portraits at National Trust’s Erddig estate 

For nearly 200 years, the cherished household staff and servants at Erddig near Wrexham were recorded in a unique collection of portraits, photographs and verses. Now, for the first time in more than a century, a new portrait is temporarily joining the historic display to mark the retirement of the estate’s long-serving Head Gardener.

An Asian man with glasses, wearing a black leatherman jacket and a red jumper, poses in front of a wall projecting a sea of pink blossom petals. He stands pointing at himself with both his hands.
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Nature’s Confetti – Londoners invited to enjoy the spectacle of blossom in the heart of the capital at Outernet London 

A new blossom experience – Nature’s Confetti - is blooming at the London’s Outernet as the National Trust aims to bring the beauty of this special moment in nature’s calendar to more Londoners, commuters and visitors to the capital.

Children on the Nature Walk at Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire
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Children's Urgent Call: More Time in Nature Essential Shows New Survey by National Trust and First News 

Children want more time in nature and parents are calling on the government to achieve its goal of providing access to green space within a 15 minute walk, a new survey by First News and the National Trust shows.

Man in orange high-vis vest and helmet stands near the edge of a cliff, secured by a red rope, with hottentot figs in the foreground
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Nature recovery on the Lizard is working from the ground up 

Down on the Lizard, in deepest Cornwall, a landscape-scale coastal project to recover rare species is starting from the ground up.

A hand holds a browned letter with clear fold marks and slight tears, starting with a very elaborate 'Dear Father'
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18th century letters from a young man in London to his father in the Lake District reveal the expense, anxieties, and pleasures of life in the city 

Three hundred years after they were written, letters from a son in London to his father in the historic county of Westmorland are going on display at the family home, revealing money worries, romances, nights out and work challenges that many today might recognise.

Inner Farne taken from the water, looking up at the cliffs and Lighthouse.
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Visitors welcomed back on the Farne Islands 

Inner Farne, one of the Farne Islands cared for by the National Trust, has reopened today for visitor boat landings, after a period of closure due to Avian Influenza.

Large tree with delicate pink blossoms in front of a brick stately home and blue sky
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National Trust's blossom campaign blooms with a feast for the senses on World Poetry Day 

Marking World Poetry Day, the National Trust is officially launching its annual blossom campaign with the publication of a new book of blossom-inspired poetry by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and the release of a new EP by his band LYR, both called Blossomise, inviting people in the UK to go out and immerse themselves in this year’s spring spectacle with each of their senses.

Podcast series 8 recording
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Series 8 of the award-winning National Trust Podcast launches on 4 April 2024 

Daring 1930s heritage gangsters, pocket-sized urban gardens and an unsolved historical Whodunnit among the topics explored in the new series.

Beekeepers carefully rehoming honeybees from the roof of Plas yn Rhiw
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Meeting the bees needs - 50,000 unusual residents protected during National Trust Cymru repairs to historic house 

For the first time in 200 years the buzz in a National Trust house in Gwynedd, North Wales has been stilled, as a rare species of wild bees living in the roof have been moved to a new home during conservation work.

An adult clothes moth, Tineola bisselliella
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Good news for historic collections as National Trust reports 18% tumble in clothes moths, but intense rainfall helps silverfish thrive 

Clothes moth numbers tumbled in historic houses last year, the National Trust’s annual insect pests report has found. The report collates information gathered by house staff around the Trust, helping the charity to safeguard more than 1 million collection objects, from precious books and tapestries to silk hangings on state beds.

A tree seedling growing in a plant pot
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Seeds collected from felled Sycamore Gap tree ‘springing into life’ at specialist conservation centre 

Seeds and material collected from the Sycamore Gap tree after it was felled last September are beginning to ‘spring into life’, according to conservationists at the National Trust.

The conserved portrait of John Wilton in the servants' hall at Chirk Castle
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Conservation of rare full-length portrait of an 18th century servant reveals tantalising clues about his identity and role 

A rare full-length, life-size portrait of a servant at the National Trust’s Chirk Castle in Wrexham has gone on display following conservation and research to reveal some remarkable clues about his background.

The Magnolia campbellii at Bodnant Garden, Conwy, in full bloom
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Mild and wet weather results in early arrival of blossom in pockets of England and Wales 

With February likely to be confirmed as the warmest on record, the unseasonably mild temperatures over the winter and wet weather of recent weeks have caused various flowering trees and blossom to emerge four weeks earlier than usual, according to gardeners at the National Trust.

Two people are standing on a platform made from scaffolding, close above their heads is a very detailed decorative plaster ceiling, dating from the 17th Century.
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Masterpiece Jacobean plasterwork ceiling depicting the Book of Genesis to get a new lease of life after 400 years 

For the first time in its 400-year history, one of Europe’s most spectacular historic ceilings, depicting dozens of Biblical scenes, birds, and mythical beasts, is undergoing full conservation and repair.

A small, 6cm, cream coloured figure of a face, shown in profile, is being held up by a hand. The figure is ceramic and clearly old. In the background, out of focus, is the face of a woman looing at the object.
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Rare Roman head of Mercury discovered during dig at site of medieval Kent shipyard 

The excavation in Kent of a medieval site that was once used for shipbuilding, has delighted archaeologists when they also came across earlier evidence of a Roman settlement.

Caucasian man in a neon orange safety vest crouches on a dam fortified with upright timber logs in the middle of a waterlogged landscape
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New works supercharge precious peatland on England’s first ‘Super’ National Nature Reserve 

Work to rewet and restore vital peatland habitats is underway on England’s first ‘super’ National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Purbeck, Dorset. The area was chosen as one of 16 sites for a £1 million Dorset Peat Partnership project seeking to reinstate 172 hectares (425 acres) of peatland, equivalent to the area of over 240 football pitches, across the county.

A flock of seabirds fly past the Victorian lighthouse on Inner Farne
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Visitors to be welcomed back on the Farne Islands 

Inner Farne, one of the Farne Islands cared for by the National Trust, will re-open for visitor boat landings in the spring, after a period of closure due to Avian Influenza.

A woman hangs a large watercolour painting of a buffalo onto a wood-panelled wall
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Rare watercolour from ‘The Jungle Book’ on display for first time at author’s family home Bateman’s, in the book’s anniversary year 

A rare watercolour painting from ‘The Jungle Book’ is set to go on display at the book’s author’s family home, 130 years after the much-loved story was published.

Colony of grey seals on the shingle at the Orford Ness National Nature Reserve in Suffolk
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Suffolk’s first breeding colony of grey seals recorded at Orford Ness 

National Trust rangers at Orford Ness National Nature Reserve in Suffolk are celebrating the birth of over 130 grey seal pups this winter; the third, consecutive year of successful breeding at the coastal site, which is now thought to be home to Suffolk’s first grey seal colony.

White man wearing purple gloves and black glasses holds a large, muddy willow branch above his head
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Peatland ‘time capsule’ reveals prehistoric woodland habitat and insects which still exist today 

An area of buried prehistoric woodland, plant and insect remains, has been discovered on land cared for by the National Trust on Exmoor in Somerset.

Man in red hat and grey jacket plants a tree, with view over the rolling hills of North Devon
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National Trust joins push for temperate rainforest revival in North Devon with new 100,000-strong tree planting project 

A large-scale project to create a wilder, woodier and wetter landscape is underway in north Devon with the National Trust planting over 100,000 trees this winter to re-establish approximately 50 hectares (123 acres) of temperate rainforest, one of the UK’s most endangered habitats, and other wooded habitats.

Private Cross, Corporal Cooper The Western Times, 18_Feb 1916
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'Miraculous’ escape of a First World War soldier when pocketbook stopped sniper’s bullet is among stories in new display 

A small pocketbook inside the uniform jacket of a private in Gallipoli during the First World War stopped a sniper’s bullet and saved his life.

A white man in a blue vest with a green National Trust logo is in a boiler room inspecting the red dial of a heat pump
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“Palace of art” leaves oil in the past as National Trust switches on historic heat pump 

Kingston Lacy in Dorset, one of the most opulent country houses in the south of England, has replaced its unreliable and oil-hungry boilers with a pioneering ground source heat pump in a bid to tackle climate change.

Wolla Bank marshland at Sandilands, Lincolnshire
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A celebration of Churchill, a garden at Chelsea, a chance for young people to contribute to science, culture and nature, and celebrating the power of volunteering: the National Trust unveils its programme for 2024 

2024 at the National Trust, which turns 129 today, will be a year for celebrating old traditions and establishing new ones that reflect the charity’s founding principles.

Illustration showing a young Sir Isaac Newton, Paul McCartney and Beatrix Potter against a colourful background
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National Trust uses ‘Isaac Newton’s lockdown legacy’ to launch Time + Space Award for young people 

The National Trust has today opened applications for a Time + Space Award for young people, inspired by Sir Isaac Newton’s annus mirabilis or ‘year of wonders’, which happened when he was just 23.

 Farming at Buckden, Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales
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Statement on the Environment Secretary’s speech at the Oxford Farming Conference 

Our statement following the speech of Environment Secretary, Steve Barclay, at the Oxford Farming Conference today, 4 January 2024.

The garden for the future at Sheffield Park and Garden
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National Trust takes on the challenges of climate adaptation in new garden project at Sheffield Park and Garden 

For the first time since the National Trust took ownership in 1954, plans are afoot for the creation of a new area in the Grade I listed garden at Sheffield Park and Garden in East Sussex.

Archaeologist revealing a mosaic floor in the northern wing at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire
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From 5th century mosaics to World War Two defences, National Trust places will appear in new series of BBC 2’s Digging for Britain 

Four National Trust places will be appearing in the new 6-part series of Digging for Britain presented by Professor Alice Roberts which begins on Tuesday 2 January on BBC2.

Middle-aged man in red jacket and grey hat looking at bright pink flowers on a green hedge
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UK nature feels the impact of seasonal “baseline shift” and extreme weather events as 2023 set to be warmest year on record 

With 2023 widely anticipated to be declared the warmest year on record and 2024 already forecast to be even warmer the National Trust is sounding the alarm for UK wildlife as the loss of predictable weather patterns and traditional seasonal shifts causes chaos for nature.

A member of the National Trust conservation team is holding up a medieval Boy Bishop token. Its the size of a 2 pence piece and has indentations on the surface.
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600-year-old token given to the poor to spend at Christmas is discovered at Oxburgh Estate 

The National Trust has found a medieval Christmas token at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk .

A turtle dove sitting in a tree
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One of the UK's oldest nature reserves hopes to attract more than two turtle doves this Christmas 

The National Trust has acquired a further 70 acres (28 hectares) of land adjoining Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, in efforts to protect more of the precious fenland habitat and to help more rare animals and birds including turtle doves.

A yellow digger stands behind a grey wooden fence which separates it from a newly created pond in the foreground
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Remote Essex island ‘lets the sea in’ to create new saltmarsh in fight against climate change 

Major works to create and retain swathes of new saltmarsh habitat on a remote Essex island have reached a major milestone, providing a lifeline for the land and its wildlife in a changing climate and in light of rising sea levels.

A teal coloured crane standing on green hills next to Hadrian's wall, at the site where the Sycamore Gap tree used to stand
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Sycamore Gap tree ‘will live on’ as National Trust and National Park announce next steps 

Following the felling of the much-loved Sycamore Gap tree in September, the National Trust has said that the seeds and cuttings taken from the fallen tree are showing positive signs of being viable for propagating.

A woman in black weather proof clothes abseils down a green gorge, carrying a small pine sapling in a bright red backpack
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Bodnant Garden gives ‘dinosaur trees’ a Welsh home-from-home as part of new ‘metacollection’ to protect Wollemi pine from extinction 

The National Trust’s Bodnant Garden in North Wales, is joining together with Forestry England to plant critically endangered Wollemi pine trees as part of the first global ‘metacollection’ to save the iconic species from extinction and help protect the biodiversity of wild trees.

A blonde woman looking off to the right side of the picture is being filed by a young man in a blue jacket and dark brown hair with a video camera
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Our Beautiful Wild, a new film created by more than 100 young people, sounds the alarm for nature 

On 27 November, young people from across the UK will come together in schools, social clubs and online to celebrate the premiere of Our Beautiful Wild, a new film showcasing the actions young people are taking for nature and their vision for the future.

A man in a woolly hat and black waterproof clothes turns a large valve at the edge of a waterway on a sunny day.
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National nature reserve ‘turns on the tap’ to create winter wetland for wildlife and reduce CO2 emissions 

This month, rangers at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Cambridgeshire, cared for by the National Trust, will turn on taps across the site to allow water to flow from the lodes on higher ground to the lower laying fens, creating standing pools of water to create a winter wetland for wildlife, as well as sequestering carbon.

Two brick walls - the breakwaters - jut into green waters, with a pebbled slope leading up to white and blue harbour buildings. A few cars stand on one of the breakwaters, carrying out repairs after storm Ciaran.
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Adapting to climate change needs our ‘urgent, unswerving attention’ says National Trust with launch of landmark report 

The National Trust is calling on all political parties to ramp up progress on adaptation by introducing new legislation that recognises the importance of adapting buildings, coastlines and countryside to cope with the impacts of climate change.

Seal pup sleeping on pebbly ground
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First pups of the season born at England’s largest grey seal colony on Blakeney Point in Norfolk 

One of England’s most spectacular winter wildlife events is underway with the births of the first grey seal pups at Blakeney National Nature Reserve on the north Norfolk coast, cared for by the National Trust.

The National Trust AGM 2023, STEAM Museum, Swindon
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Record voter turnout at today’s National Trust AGM as members have their say on charity’s work and direction 

This year more than 156,000 members voted on four resolutions and elected five members of the National Trust Council at the charity’s Annual General Meeting on 11 November. This year’s voting participation rate was a record for the National Trust and builds on three consecutive years’ of high turnout from members.

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Record voting expected in National Trust AGM, as Chair pledges long-term commitment to the protection of nature and cultural heritage 

Participation in the National Trust’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year is expected to hit record levels, as members meet today to discuss the charity’s work and direction.

A close up of the demon in the Joshua Reynolds painting, with extremely round eyes and pointy teeth
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The devil in the detail: A fiend re-emerges from the canvas of a painting by Joshua Reynolds 

A fiend, which has lurked unseen in a painting by Joshua Reynolds, has emerged following conservation work by the National Trust.

3D visual of The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust
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National Trust, Blue Diamond and Ann-Marie Powell join forces to celebrate ‘gardens for all’ at 2024 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 

The National Trust and Blue Diamond Garden Centres are delighted to be working with multi-award-winning garden design practice Ann-Marie Powell Gardens to create a prestigious show garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024.

Hilary McGrady, Director-General of the National Trust
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National Trust issues key manifesto asks to protect nature and heritage for everyone 

The National Trust’s Director-General Hilary McGrady has outlined the three minimum requirements any future Government should commit to, so the future of nature and heritage can be secured for everyone.

Two men and one woman in wet suits moving big blocks of wood away from a tilted fence in midst of muddy brown flooding caused by Storm Babet
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Storm Babet's widespread damage to landscapes, gardens and properties a taste of things to come, says National Trust 

Storm Babet has left a trail of destruction across landscapes, houses and gardens cared for by the National Trust, throughout the spine of England.

A sole hero tree stands between two green hills under a clear blue sky
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Statement on the felling of the Sycamore Gap Tree 

Our statement on the sad felling of the Sycamore Gap Tree at Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland.

An extra wide shot of the felled enormous tree lying across the stone Hadrian's wall, with flowering heather in the foreground and rolling hills in the background
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Response to Sycamore Gap tree felling “inspiring” says National Trust, as trunk to be moved from heritage site 

The iconic Sycamore Gap tree is set to be moved from Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, after it was felled in an act of vandalism a fortnight ago.

Experience & Visitor Programming Manager Alana Wright in the newly uncovered 18th-century cold bath at the Bath Assembly Rooms
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Taking the plunge:18th-century cold bath, believed to be only one of its kind in an assembly room, is uncovered in Bath 

Archaeological excavations in the basement below the 18th-century Bath Assembly Rooms have revealed the remains of what was once a popular form of ‘taking the waters’ for health purposes – a Cold Bath.

A view of the lake surrounded by autumnal trees at Mount Stewart
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National Trust urges Brits to enjoy the spectacle of a global autumn, right here at home 

The National Trust is encouraging Britons to experience a world of autumn colour by visiting the global gardens on their doorstep as the seasonal spectacle gets set to tumble across the country over the coming weeks.

The Parterre seen in July on a misty morning at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire with box hedging borders.
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Award-winning design team to give historic National Trust parterre a sustainable and climate resilient future 

The National Trust has appointed an award-winning landscape architect team to transform the traditional parterre at Wimpole in Cambridgeshire, to make it a more sustainable, climate resilient and biodiverse planting scheme that is ready for the future.

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire
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National Trust devotes record sum to historic buildings and collections conservation in 2022/23 

The National Trust dedicated a record amount of funds to the conservation of historic buildings and collections in the last financial year, the charity’s latest Annual Report reveals.

Staff, volunteers and members of the public hand sow seed at Lanhydrock as part of the Cornish Meadows Project
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Cornwall set to bloom as National Trust begins major grassland creation project 

Clifftops and fields across Cornwall are set to be transformed into thriving wildflower meadows, thanks to a new three-year conservation project by the National Trust.

Tree logs lying in newly formed waterplain surrounded by grass and green trees
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National Trust sets river ‘free’ with pioneering restoration approach in Somerset 

A three-year project on the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate in Somerset has successfully reconnected a section of a Somerset river to its floodplain to create a new and instantly different waterscape using the innovative ‘Stage 0’ river restoration technique, first pioneered in Oregon, USA.

Woman in the background holding a gold oval stamp (the seal matrix)
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Rare medieval seal matrix that promised a ‘fast track’ to Heaven goes on display at its original home after 500 years 

A rare medieval seal matrix that lay buried in a field for over 500 years is to go on show at its original home, the National Trust’s Mottisfont in Hampshire.

Two little terns on a pebbly beach
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Spread of avian influenza has devastating impact on wild seabird colonies at National Trust sites 

The National Trust has today announced that over 7,000 seabirds have sadly died from avian influenza (bird flu) this year across its most precious sites for seabird colonies around the coast of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Woman in red tshirt walks a light brown access a footpath on the cliffs above the ocean through a wooden gate
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National Trust brings coastal land at Tintagel into its care 

A stretch of rugged Cornish coastline that borders the medieval fortress of Tintagel has been acquired by the National Trust to look after on behalf of the nation.

two young beaver kits surrounded by green wetland habitat
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Baby beaver boom on Exmoor in Somerset as three kits are born in conservation success story 

Three baby beavers (kits) have been born at two different beaver enclosures on the Holnicote Estate near Minehead, Somerset, where the National Trust re-introduced beavers for the first time in 400 years in January 2020.

Three girls walk in midst of the greenery on top of the viaduct
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Castlefield Viaduct sky park to stay open until summer 2024 after project gets extended 

Visitors will be able to enjoy Manchester’s sky park until autumn 2024 after the National Trust has been granted an extension by Manchester City Council to the popular Castlefield Viaduct project.

Hardwick staff admire the 13th Gideon tapestry
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24 years on, National Trust completes longest running conservation project to conserve ‘late Renaissance masterpiece’ tapestries 

The National Trust’s longest running conservation project is now complete – 24 years after it began.

Dark brown beaver in midst of foliage
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Beavers released in Northumberland to help tackle the effects of climate change and boost nature 

A family of four Eurasian beavers have been released on the National Trust’s Wallington Estate in Northumberland as part of plans to boost wildlife and increase the landscape’s resilience to a changing climate.

Two arctic tern fledglings sitting on the sand at Long Nanny
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Press release

Devastating news for Arctic terns as suspected bird-flu outbreak wipes out a quarter of this year’s chicks at Long Nanny 

Over 600 dead Arctic tern chicks have been recovered by National Trust rangers at Long Nanny on the coast of Northumberland, over the last two weeks due to a suspected outbreak of Avian Influenza (bird flu).

Belted Galloway Cattle at Tarn Hows, Lake District, Cumbria
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New study finds at least £4.4bn a year needed for nature and climate-friendly farming to meet legal targets 

A new study commissioned by the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts and the National Trust finds that at least £4.4bn a year must be invested in nature and climate-friendly farming by the UK and devolved governments over the next decade to meet legally binding commitments.

The book is being held open and inside you can see a depiction of a religious scene and on the other page is writing titled Dominica Resurrections. The person holding open the book is wearing a black and white striped top
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Press release

Rare prayer book owned by priest who helped save the life of King Charles II goes on public display 

A 400-year-old prayer book that once belonged to a priest who helped save the life of King Charles II, has gone on public display after being bought for the nation by the National Trust.

Two sun-chairs stand on sun-parched brown lawn in front of green trees and the buildings of Anglesey Abbey
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Conservationists say Government is “lagging behind” on preparing for climate change, ahead of ‘make or break’ adaptation programme 

With much of the UK baked over several weeks by this month’s heatwave, the National Trust issues a stark warning that the country’s much-loved heritage, landscapes and communities are under increasing threat from extreme weather events and warmer temperatures, as a result of climate change.

Zoe Shearman and Neil Wressell check the finished carpet before despatch to Saltram from Axminster Carpets
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Visitors to one of UK’s finest Georgian interiors can experience it as it was intended after ‘complex’ reweave of National Trust’s most important carpet 

For the first time in more than 40 years, visitors can enjoy one of Britain’s finest early Georgian interiors as its designer intended, after its spectacular Axminster carpet – the most significant in the National Trust’s care – was recreated by the firm whose founder wove the original in the same Devon town in 1770.

Picture of vogue dancer Diva in the saloon at Kingston Lacy
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Press release

Space to Have a Ball: everyone’s invited to the National Trust’s ballrooms – recreated at Outernet London for Pride celebration 

To celebrate the month of Pride, the National Trust and Outernet London have created a free immersive experience that brings to life parties of the past in beautiful historic places, in busy central London. Taking influence from the Queer history of National Trust places, Space to Have a Ball combines the history of ballroom culture with the creativity of contemporary dancers.

Slieve Donard, Mourne Mountains, County Down, Northern Ireland
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New conservation heroes to help recovery of fire-hit Mourne Mountains 

A small herd of traditional cattle will be helping to bring wildlife back to Northern Ireland’s highest peaks following a devastating fire two years ago.

5th Marquess of Anglesey in costume at Plas Newydd
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New research and revelations about the 5th Marquess of Anglesey inspires a new exhibition at Plas Newydd 

For the first time, the history of the 5th Marquess of Anglesey is shared throughout the house at Plas Newydd through an emotive exhibition. ‘All that was left’ tells the story of Henry Cyril Paget and the Great Anglesey Sales which saw all he had owned, sold to pay his debts.

Hayloft second hand bookshop, Stowe, Buckinghamshire
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Second-hand bookshops generate record breaking income 

Latest figures show that visitors donated more than £2.5m to the National Trust through purchasing second-hand books at Trust properties in 2022.

A brick house built in the Arts and Crafts style surrounded by tall trees and shrubs
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Press release

Home and garden of pioneering garden designer and writer, Gertrude Jekyll, acquired for the nation 

The National Trust has announced the purchase of Munstead Wood, the internationally important Surrey home and garden of influential plantswoman, designer and author Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932). The Trust has begun fundraising to support the restoration and reimagination of the garden and house, and will now work with the community and partners to develop plans on the best way to open the property to visitors in future.

The coast of the super NNR at Purbeck during sunset, with a silhouetted black tree at the left hand side.
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Livestock will mimic wild ancestors to benefit wildlife on England’s first Super National Nature Reserve 

Three years on from the ‘knitting together’ of 3,400 hectares of priority habitat to create the UK’s first-ever ‘super’ National Nature Reserve (NNR) on the Purbeck Heaths in Dorset, the National Trust is working with reserve partners on an ambitious project to create a 1,370-hectare open ‘savannah’ for free-ranging, grazing animals as it would have been thousands of years ago.

Bluebells in the early morning sun at Badbury Clump, on the Buscot and Coleshill Estates
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Press release

Dame Judi Dench calls on people to celebrate their lost loved ones by planting a tree with the National Trust to mark Celebration Day 

This year Dame Judi Dench launches Celebration Day, which takes place on Sunday 28th May 2023.

A farmer walking through a wildflower meadow with a farm building in the background
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Press release

Nature-positive farmers and business leaders call for companies to tackle nature crisis 

Leading nature-positive farmers have joined industry leaders and charities WWF, the RSPB and the National Trust to urge businesses to tackle the nature and climate crisis.

Lead ranger David Smith oversees the work at the Eryri tree nursery
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National Trust Cymru grows Celtic rainforests of the future in new tree nursery 

National Trust Cymru has established a new tree nursery, located in a remote area of Wales, to nurture endangered native tree species to help protect the area’s sensitive temperate rainforest environments and tackle the climate crisis.

A hand holds a torch to fabric
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National Trust awarded major funding for scientific research on its historic collections and sites 

The National Trust has been awarded £809,000 to purchase science equipment by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and World Class Labs, through the Creative Research Capability (CResCa) programme.

Red and white belted galloway bull standing alongside black and white striped galloway cattle on expanse of green grass in sunny weather.
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National Trust calls on its 100-strong mowing team to help boost nature in landscape scale project 

Spanning more than 21,000 hectares, the Stroud Landscape Project in Gloucestershire is making more space for nature through a network of wild places that are bigger, better joined up and more resilient to climate change.

A flock of dark-bellied brent geese on Northey Island, Essex
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Numbers of protected birds soar to new record after overhead power lines are removed on remote Essex island 

National Trust rangers at Northey Island in Essex, with support from volunteers, have recorded record numbers of two protected bird species following the re-routing of the island’s power infrastructure.

Hawthorn in flower at Stockbridge Down, Hampshire
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Press release

Hedgerow study using artificial intelligence to help National Trust bring back its ‘blooming boundaries’ 

The National Trust is publishing research into the changes in hedgerows and density on its land in England and Wales since the start of the 20th Century, which will help inform its ambition for future conservation projects and aid plans to establish 4 million blossoming trees by 2030.

A group of great black backed gulls, one of the many species of seabirds that come to breed on the Farne Islands
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Press release

Farne Islands to remain closed for the breeding season, as first positive cases of bird flu are confirmed this year 

The National Trust has today announced that a handful of cases of Avian Flu have sadly been confirmed on the Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland, as more seabirds return for this year’s breeding season.

Pink blossom over a pond at Erddig, Wrexham, North Wales
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Press release

National Trust invites public to celebrate fleeting beauty of spring in Blossom Week extravaganza 

The National Trust is encouraging people to celebrate the fleeting seasonal spectacle of blossom in its first ever “Blossom Week”, a seven-day celebration of all things blossom, building on the success of the charity’s #BlossomWatch day.

Atlantic puffin stretching its wings at sunset on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire
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Tackling the nature and climate crises is the biggest business opportunity this century, say industry leaders 

Business leaders including Deborah Meaden and leaders from NatWest, John Lewis Partnership and the Financial Conduct Authority, are joining the UK’s three leading nature charities WWF, RSPB and National Trust to urge all businesses to act now to tackle the nature and climate crises.

Karen George, collections manager at Chirk Castle with a rare 17th century leather hat
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Press release

Historic collections and archives of ancestral Myddelton family from over 400 years at Chirk Castle are sold to National Trust Cymru 

Collections belonging to the Myddelton family and spanning over four hundred years of their occupation at Chirk Castle in Wrexham, North Wales, have been purchased by the National Trust.

Three generations of the Williams and Morris family standing around a newly planted oak sapling with Chirk Castle behind.
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One of the world’s largest and oldest oak trees returns to Chirk Castle 

Three generations of the Williams family come together to plant a rare sapling at Chirk Castle, a sapling grafted from the Pontfadog Oak which stood during Owain Gwynedd’s defeat of the English and featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘widest tree in Great Britain’.

Duncan Halpin, Ranger, on the steps outside the iconic blue lifeboat house on Blakeney Point
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Press release

Rangers move back into remote lifeboat house on Blakeney Point in Norfolk to protect internationally significant seabird colonies 

Three National Trust rangers have moved back into the historic lifeboat house on the remote shingle spit of Blakeney Point, part of the Blakeney National Nature Reserve on the Norfolk coast which is cared for by the National Trust, to monitor and protect its significant colony of terns and give them the best chance of a successful breeding season.

a blonde girl, blurred in the background, holds out her hand which holds a toad
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Press release

Saving Our Wild Isles: Sir David Attenborough warns ‘this starts and ends with us’ in new UK nature documentary 

The UK’s three leading conservation charities – the RSPB, the National Trust and WWF will launch brand new documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough and produced by Silverback Films.

The newly born foal stands close to its mother,
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Permission to foal around: New arrival set to help graze one of Europe’s most important wetlands 

The first new foal of the year has joined the iconic Konik herd at the Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire, cared for by the National Trust. The new arrival coincides with the oldest member of the herd being due to turn thirty years of age, passing the baton to the next generation of this semi-wild grazing herd to carry on its important legacy of maintaining one of Europe’s most important wetlands.

Silhouettes of members of the people's assembly, standing in front of wall with posters and colourful post-it notes
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Press release

“No more harm to nature”: Public calls for urgent change following pioneering citizens’ assembly 

The first ever UK-wide citizens’ assembly for nature has today (23 March) published its recommendations for renewing and protecting our natural environment, calling for urgent and immediate action from every part of society.

A silhouette of the National Trust logo of oak leaves and acorns
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Press release

Open Letter to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 

Following recent news coverage around the challenges of the agricultural transition for upland farms, we have written an open letter to the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Thérèse Coffey MP, calling for greater Government support and improved funding for upland farmers through ELMs.

Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate, standing in some early blooming blossom trees
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Poet Laureate tells story of renewal and hope for World Poetry Day to help launch the National Trust’s annual ‘hanami’-inspired blossom campaign 

Marking World Poetry Day, the National Trust has unveiled the first in a series of blossom inspired works penned by Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate, to help launch its annual campaign celebrating blossom, telling a story of perseverance, renewal, and hope.

A young woman in a red jacket stands under a magnolia tree, reaching out to the beautiful pink blossom petals above her head
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Press release

“Mexican wave of colour” expected after cold snaps delay blooms, as National Trust launches its annual blossom campaign 

The National Trust is launching its annual blossom campaign, which aims to bring the beauty of blossom to more people and to celebrate the start of spring.

The three CEOs stand outside in midst of trees, looking ahead gravely
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National Trust, WWF and RSPB send urgent SOS for nature as Sir David Attenborough says ‘we must act now’ to Save Our Wild Isles 

In their first major campaign together, the National Trust, the RSPB and WWF are urging everyone in society to come together to halt the destruction of UK nature and take urgent action to Save Our Wild Isles.

A beaver sitting on the edge of a pond in midst of greenery
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New online tour gives public ‘virtual’ access to beavers for the first time 

The National Trust has launched a virtual tour of its beaver closure on the Holnicote estate on Exmoor in Somerset, three years after the beavers were first introduced, helping mark World Wetlands Day.

Wild flowers at the nature-friendly Wimpole Home Farm, Cambridgeshire
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A consensus on food, farming and nature 

A group of farmers and environmental organisations, including the National Trust, Soil Association and RSPB, met in the margins of the 2023 Oxford farming conferences to forge consensus on a way forward for farming, recognising the huge pressures that many farming sectors are currently experiencing.

Wellbrook Beetling Mill in Northern Ireland
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National Trust and University of Leicester launch pioneering film to explore fascinating stories of disability from the Trust’s sites and collections for the first time 

The National Trust and the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) at the University of Leicester are delighted to launch Everywhere & Nowhere, a collaboration to share, for the first time, stories of disability from the sites and collections in the care of the National Trust.

Former National Trust Head of Gardens, John Sales
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National Trust saddened to hear of passing of John Sales, formerly Head of Gardens for nearly 30 years 

The National Trust is saddened to hear the news of the passing of John Sales, who was the charity’s former Head of Gardens for nearly three decades. He died peacefully on 29 December 2022, at the age of 89.

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