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.
“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.
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.
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
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 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 →