Celebrating the best in outdoors, nature and travel writing from Great Britain, the longlist for the 2015 Wainwright Prize (for books published in 2014), run in association with the National Trust and sponsored by Thwaites Brewery, has been announced.
The 12 books in the running will be judged on how well they reflect fellwalker and guidebook writer Alfred Wainwright’s core values of Great British writing and culture while celebrating the great outdoors.
Last year, author Hugh Thomson scooped the £5000 prize for his book The Green Road into the Trees: A Walk through England.
Eight major gardens are to spearhead a new partnership between the National Trust, a conservation charity, and the Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee (HBGTP) Programme, run by English Heritage, resulting in a closer working relationship between the three organisations in delivering UK heritage gardening skills training. Continue reading
Adapted for the BBC from the award-winning novels by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies chart the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell in the Tudor court, from his lowly start as a blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest advisor.
Filming for the six-part drama took place entirely on location in the UK this summer, with six National Trust places in the South West taking centre stage.
A new way to overcome the challenges of building renewables on significant and extreme weather-prone places has been successfully trialled by the National Trust.
The conservation charity has switched on a hydro turbine at Hafod y Porth in Snowdonia. The scheme is uniquely the Trust’s first hydro turbine to be pre-fabricated off site before being transferred and assembled on location.
Ian Wilson, Assistant Director of Operations, at the National Trust, said: “The National Trust has a long standing ambition to remove as much of the A303 road from the Stonehenge landscape as possible.
“Huge volumes of traffic on the road are already having a detrimental impact on the site and forecasts suggest this will only get worse. We need to find a solution to this problem sooner rather than later and that solution needs to remove as much of the highly damaging existing road as possible.
“We believe building a tunnel under the landscape is the best way of improving the quality of this special place whilst at the same time significantly improving a major transport link for the South West.
“We would like to see the longest possible tunnel but we recognise that any plan needs to be both affordable and deliverable if we’re to finally solve this long-running challenge.
“Early results from our work to assess various options for the A303 at Stonehenge suggest that a tunnel of 2.9km may bring significant benefits for this special place, reuniting the archaeologically rich wider Stonehenge landscape, and allowing people to better explore and understand the story of a place so important for the human history of these islands.
“Reuniting the two halves of the world heritage site would also allow visitors and local communities to enjoy far greater access to this wonderful landscape. We’re continuing to work with the Government and partner organisations to look at how we best deliver a world class solution for one of the most important pre-historic landscapes in Europe.”