Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel wins Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015

Farmer and writer John Lewis-Stempel has been awarded the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015 for Meadowland: the Private Life of an English Field – his lyrical account of a year in the life of a farmland meadow.

Thwaites Wainwright Prize winner

“A magnificent love letter to the natural world, full of wisdom and experience, written with wit, poetry and love. I want to scream from the rooftops: buy it, give it, read it” – Tim Smit, The Eden Project

Worth £5,000, the annual book prize is awarded by publishers Frances Lincoln, in association with the National Trust, to spotlight the best books in UK nature and travel writing.

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National Trust’s first garden centre opens

The National Trust’s first garden centre at Morden Hall Park will officially open on Saturday 9 May.

The 5,000 square metre garden centre is the only outlet in the UK to be completely peat free, selling a range of plants and shrubs in line with the conservation charity’s principles.

The National Trust's new garden centre at Morden Hall Park in South London.  Credit Sophia Schorr-Kon

The National Trust’s new garden centre at Morden Hall Park in South London. Credit Sophia Schorr-Kon

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Marine Conservation Zones – Tranche 2

Lundy Island

The waters around Lundy Island became England’s first Marine Conservation Zone in 2010.

 

Here is the National Trust’s response to the Government’s consultation on designating 23 new Marine Conservation Zones off the English coast: MCZ 2nd tranche Consultation NT response

The Trust is calling for the designation of all 23 candidates MCZs.

If you would like to submit your own response to the consultation, you can do so using this handy template provided by the Marine Conservation Society:  http://www.mcsuk.org/mpa/consultation

But hurry, the consultation closes on Friday!

Mount Stewart celebrates completion of £8m restoration

Mount Stewart, on the shores of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland opens today after a three year, £8million restoration project sees this grand house returned to its former glory.

The Central Hall at Mount Stewart. Credit Elaine Hill

The Central Hall at Mount Stewart. Credit Elaine Hill

Visitors to the National Trust landmark can now enjoy the reinvigorated and re-decorated house with previously unopened rooms including the butler’s silver store and billiard room. Continue reading

On the hunt for wild words

We’re going on a newt hunt. We’re going to catch a big one.

Newt. One of the words taken out of the Oxford Junior Dictionary nearly eight years ago. Along with Acorn, Sycamore and 110 other words about nature and the countryside.

These are words disappearing from children’s lives. The National Trust, as one of the founder members of The Wild Network, is supporting the organisation in its new campaign to ‘reclaim’ the wild words which have been dropped.

Help us stop our 'wild' words from disappearing

Help us stop our ‘wild’ words from disappearing

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April Fool…

Hope you enjoyed our April Fool story about our new underwater mansion Seaward House off the coast of Blakeney Point in Norfolk.

Aerial view of Blakeney Point in Norfolk. Credit Ian Ward

Aerial view of Blakeney Point in Norfolk. Credit Ian Ward

This year is a significant year for the National Trust as it celebrates all things ‘coast’ – with the 50th anniversary of its Neptune fundraising campaign which has helped us with the acquisition and care of 775 miles of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

So, keep your eyes peeled over the next few months for the coastal stories we will be issuing as we celebrate all things coast with some great projects to include a detailed examination of our coastal habitats and the effects of climate change and the weather on our coastline with the tenth anniversary of our Shifting Shores project. 

 

A blooming display for Manchester Art Gallery

A major new garden installation at the Manchester Art Gallery, which opens tomorrow (Thursday 2 April), will showcase the city’s rich gardening heritage over the last four centuries. Continue reading