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Souter Lighthouse, Tyne & Wear, in winter | © National Trust Images/Dougie Holden


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Octavia Hill Lecture 

The annual Octavia Hill Lecture is an opportunity for respected voices and commentators to lead us in reflecting on nature, beauty and history. Watch the 2024 lecture with guest speaker Professor Mary Beard. After the lecture, Professor Beard was in conversation with Gus Casely-Hayford.

A tree seedling growing in a plant pot

Our response to the felling of the Sycamore Gap tree 

For nearly 200 years, the iconic Sycamore Gap tree was an unmistakable landmark at Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort. We were shocked and saddened when it was felled on 27 September 2023. We’re now working to create a lasting legacy for the tree, including growing seedlings and genetically identical replicas.

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