Producers meet the ‘trusted’ grade in annual awards

Forty-two products from 27 producers from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are celebrating winning a prestigious National Trust Fine Farm Produce Award this year.

The awards, supported by Freedom Food and now in their eighth year, celebrate the breadth and quality of produce grown, reared or made on special places owned or managed by the National Trust, including tenant farms, orchards and gardens.

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New Directions for the Sanu’s Last Voyage

The Sanu was one of 50 supply vessels built in 1942 for the Admiralty. In 2001, the ship set sail along the North Cornwall coast, where it was bound for dry dock near Bristol for a long overdue restoration. Sadly, during the journey the Sanu suffered engine failure and her owners were forced to take shelter in the Gannel estuary near Newquay.

A lack of engine power and high spring tides caused the Sanu to wash up on the estuary where she remained until 2012. There were many attempts to restore the ship, but with such bad damage, it proved impossible.

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Giant project up for a ‘Giant’ prize

The new Giant’s Causeway visitor’s centre at Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize, one of the most coveted awards for architectural excellence.

The £18.5 million centre, designed by Heneghan Peng architects based in Dublin opened in July 2012 and is now the gateway to the 40,000 iconic basalt stones.
The centre, which took two years to build, has also been designed to fit seamlessly within the landscape without impacting the view of the coastline from the stones.

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Young farmer moves to the home of the Welsh Red Dragon

Caryl Hughes (23), a young farmer from Wales, and her eight-year old dog Mist have moved into Llyndy Isaf farm, home to the legendary red dragon of Wales, in the first ever National Trust Llyndy Isaf scholarship.

Caryl Hughes and her dog Mist move in to Llyndy Isaf. Credit Keith Morris

Caryl Hughes and her dog Mist move in to Llyndy Isaf. Credit Keith Morris

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Big Butterfly Count

More than 830,000 butterflies and day-flying moths were recorded as part of Butterfly Conservation’s annual Big Butterfly Count. Spotters throughout the UK counted four-times as many butterflies across July and August than they did last year.

One of our wildlife experts, Matthew Oates, provided his thoughts on the results of the survey: 

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Octavia Hill Awards Ceremony

This week saw the second annual ceremony for the National Trust’s Octavia Hill Awards.

Pastel drawing of Octavia Hill

The event welcomed both the runners-up and winners of its three prestigious award categories; Natural Hero, Green Space Guardian and Love Places.

Fergus Collins, Editor of Countryfile Magazine was on hand to host the awards, while the National Trust’s Director General, Helen Ghosh, reflected on the work of our volunteers. Read what she had to say: Continue reading

Big Brother House to open to public as ‘National Trust property’

National Trust’s London Project stirs debate on ‘what is heritage’

You may well ask why on earth the National Trust, in collaboration with Initial, an Endemol Company, and Channel 5, is opening the Big Brother House to the public. Here, in anticipation, is the answer.

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