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Tourism recognition for top Fermanagh attractions

National Trust Fermanagh team receive NITB four-star rating © National Trust / Tony Millar

National Trust Fermanagh team receive NITB four-star rating

Two of Fermanagh’s leading tourist destinations, Crom and Castle Coole, have been recognised for their consistently high standards as key visitor attractions. Both places achieved a four-star rating under the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Visitor Attraction Quality Grading Scheme.

New barge helps Strangford Lough island life

National Trust barge, the Cuan Brig, transporting wildlife to the islands © National Trust Northern Ireland

National Trust barge, the Cuan Brig, transporting wildlife to the islands

The National Trust today (Wednesday 8 October) had a traditional naming ceremony to officially launch their new barge for Strangford Lough. The barge was named Cuan Brig, a name suggested through a public competition, and chosen for its local significance.

Growing talent at Mount Stewart

Kenneth Skelton has joined the Mount Stewart garden team © National Trust / Paul Stewart

Kenneth Skelton has joined the Mount Stewart garden team

Thanks to funding from Pilgrim Trust, the National Trust at Mount Stewart has set up a garden apprenticeship scheme with South Eastern Regional College to cultivate local skills.

Portstewart Strand, one of the best in the UK

The two-mile strand of glistening golden sand has a fine reputation © Chris Hill

The two-mile strand of glistening golden sand has a fine reputation

Portstewart Strand, the magnificent National Trust beach on the North Coast of Antrim has been ranked within the top 12 beaches in the UK by ‘Rough Guides’.

Cider and bramley apples are winners

Mac Ivors medium and traditional dry ciders © National Trust / Paul Canning

Mac Ivors medium and traditional dry ciders

Mac Ivors Cider Company and MacNeice Fruit Ltd are celebrating winning prestigious National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards. The Canned Bramley Apples received their first ever award while the traditional cider received the accolade for the second year running.

New thatch for Hezlett House

The thatched roof of Hezlett House is being restored © National Trust /Toby Edwards

The thatched roof of Hezlett House is being restored

Traditional skills are being kept alive with the re-thatching of Hezlett House in County Londonderry.

Natural play at Springhill

Go wild in Springhill’s new natural play area © National Trust / Bernie Brown

Go wild in Springhill’s new natural play area

An exciting natural play area, offering an amazing place for children to explore, run wild and have hours of endless fun.

Summer House fire at Florence Court

Florence Court Summer House before the fire © National Trust / Bernie Brown

Florence Court Summer House before the fire

Press statement - Summer House fire at Florence Court.

Bird watchers paradise

Sand Martins in the Bann Estuary dunes © National Trust / northeastwildlife.co.uk

Sand Martins in the Bann Estuary dunes

Northern Ireland has some of the best bird watching sites in the UK and the National Trust is delighted to welcome some new visitors to our shores. Sand martins have stormed in to colonise new dunes on the Bann Estuary and Mediterranean gulls are breeding for the first time on Strangford Lough.

Rare bee at White Park Bay

White Park Bay is buzzing! © National Trust / North Coast

White Park Bay is buzzing!

The sighting of a rare bee at White Park Bay earlier this month has been celebrated by local conservationists.

Take it outside with National Trust

Number 25 - Make a grass trumpet © National Trust / Bernie Brown

Number 25 - Make a grass trumpet

The National Trust is aiming to get Northern Ireland kids playing outside this summer as part of its commitment to connect the ‘cotton wool generation’ with nature.

Ben Fogle takes in the wonders of Strangford Lough

Ben Fogle with National Trust Ranger Hugh Thurgate on Strangford Lough   © National Trust Northern Ireland

Ben Fogle with National Trust Ranger Hugh Thurgate on Strangford Lough

Strangford Lough welcomed world famous explorer Ben Fogle this week, as the adventurer filmed a new TV series on outdoors and nature.

National Trust in Northern Ireland media contacts

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