Fingle Woods reaches £3.8m milestone as charities celebrate purchase

Despite the disappointing news announced this morning about the un-successful bid by the the National Trust to acquire a section of iconic estuary and coastline in Devon, it has been able to celebrate the full acquisition of Fingle Woods on the edge of Dartmoor with the Woodland Trust today.

The two charities have reached the £3.8m funding target which means the entire 825 acre site is now fully in their care. Continue reading

Dyffryn gardens receives Royal guests

Dyffryn Gardens hosted a visit from TRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall today to coincide with its dahlia trial centenary. Continue reading

Tim Parker to be next Chairman of National Trust

The National Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Parker as its next Chairman. He will take up the role after the Annual General Meeting in Swindon on 8 November when current Chairman, Simon Jenkins, steps down.

Tim Parker

Tim Parker

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Sensory delights at Cliveden as roses bloom once more

This summer visitors to Cliveden in Buckinghamshire will be able to enjoy a newly restored intimate garden planted with 42 different rose varieties whose colours mirror the rising and setting of the sun. Continue reading

Old Master ‘Selfie’ is a Rembrandt

A self-portrait, previously doubted as being a genuine Rembrandt, has now been scientifically verified as being from the Dutch Old Master’s own hand. Continue reading

Adventurers battle with the elements to enjoy Project Wild Thing to mark National Children’s Day

Today, The Wild Network supported extreme film screenings of its feature length documentary ‘Project Wild Thing’ in three of the UK’s wildest landscapes to encourage families to take their screens outdoors to help reconnect a generation of kids with nature.

Watching Project Wild Thing from Britain's highest peak - Ben Nevis to mark National Children's Day. Credit Tom Seaward

Watching Project Wild Thing from Britain’s highest peak – Ben Nevis to mark National Children’s Day

The screenings mark National Children’s Day (NCD) UK, a nationwide celebration of the rights of the child. Organised by the Save Childhood Movement, this year National Children’s Day was devoted to reconnecting children with nature.

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National Trust responds to Defra’s Plant Security Strategy

Today (April 30) an updated Tree Health Management Plan has been published by the Government’s Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce, alongside a wider Plant Biosecurity Strategy.

Reacting to the reports, a spokesperson at the National Trust said: “We welcome the publication of the strategy but it is unclear if there is sufficient funding or resources being allocated to this problem to really make a difference.

“Trees and plants don’t have votes so cuts to Defra’s budgets are sometimes seen as easier for Government but the consequences can be devastating for our wildlife, landscapes and rural economy.”