Riverside haven opens at Bodnant

A ten acre area of tranquil riverside gardens will open tomorrow (Saturday 28 March) at the National Trust’s Bodnant Garden in north Wales for the first time in its 140-year history. Continue reading

Longlist for the Wainwright Prize is announced

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.​

Visitor sitting on the beach reading at Brownsea Island, Dorset.

Visitor sitting on the beach reading at Brownsea Island, Dorset. Credit John Millar.



Last year, author Hugh Thomson scooped the £5000 prize for his book The Green Road into the Trees: A Walk through England.

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New opportunity for would-be heritage gardeners

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

Record number of National Trust places star in TV’s Wolf Hall

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.

Wolf Hall Montacute credit Giles Keyte Ed Miller (10)

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.

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New hydro trial marks successful milestone for ambitious National Trust renewables programme

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.

National Trust Hafod y Porth hydro project

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.

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An apple for apple day…or 72 at Clumber Park

In a nod to apple day, the National Trust’s Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire is celebrating its recent National Collection ‘award’ for its apple collection, making it just one of five collections culinary apples in the country. Continue reading