Go set-jetting with the Wolf Hall locations map

Wolf Hall locations map

Wolf Hall locations map

The National Trust has teamed up with a host of visitor attractions including a number of privately-owned houses supported by the Historic Houses Association and places cared for by Cadw and English Heritage to create a Wolf Hall locations map.

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Blooming Valentines set to beat the winter blues with 17 per cent more flowers

This year’s milder, calmer and less wet winter has been much kinder to gardens as gardeners and volunteers have found in the Trust’s annual Valentines Flower Count. Continue reading

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

Join our press office as an Energy and Environment Communications Officer

Want to create engaging content about innovative National Trust energy projects like this marine source heat pump scheme? We’re looking for a new Energy and Environment Communications Officer to join our central press office team in Swindon.

We look after over 300 places and spaces across the UK, from coastlines and castles to cottages and caves, to make sure that they can be protected and kept beautiful forever. Heating and powering such a diverse range of properties costs us over £6 million each year – money that could be better spent on vital conservation work. That’s why we’ve committed to generating 50% of our energy from renewable sources by 2020 and reducing overall energy consumption by 20%. No small task but an important one, which we’d like you to help us deliver.

As the National Trust’s Energy and Environment Communications Officer, your role will be central to promoting our important climate change work and cleaner energy vision. There’s a lot happening here already – we’re using heat pumps, hydro and biomass to generate clean energy – and you’ll spread the word about this and why it’s so important.

Through multimedia content, events, promotional materials, partnership work and other ways that you see fit, we want you to inspire and engage internal and external audiences in our activities, policies and campaigns. Working as part of an award-winning, multi-disciplinary team, you’ll share stories about our ambitions and achievements. You’ll visit properties to see the work in action. You’ll keep up-to-the-minute with relevant news and build great working relationships with the media and other partners. Your role will be hugely varied and worthwhile as you work to help to make a valuable impact on our vision.

Apply before February 25 2015: National Trust Energy and Environment Communications Officer (maternity cover – up to 1 year)

Plant hunter’s new discovery named after Sir David Attenborough

A new species of wild flower, Hieracium attenboroughianum, Attenborough’s Hawkweed, which was found a decade ago in the central Brecon Beacons in South Wales has been named in honour of Sir David Attenborough.

Hieracium attenboroughianum ( Attenborough’s Hawkweed) flowers in the summer and can be found on a rocky ledge in the central Brecon Beacons.  Picture credit: Tim Tic

Hieracium attenboroughianum (Attenborough’s Hawkweed) flowers in the summer and can be found on a rocky ledge in the central Brecon Beacons. Picture credit: Tim Rich

This is the first time that a new plant species found in the UK has been named after the world famous naturalist and TV presenter.

Dr Tim Rich, the plant taxonomist who named the new species, said “Finding a new species is a really exciting moment and something that you dream of as a naturalist.

“I decided to name this special little plant found in the mountains of the Brecon Beacons after David Attenborough as he inspired me to study ecology when I was 17.

“This is a personal thank you for the years of fascination he has given me going to different places to search for new things.”

The Attenborough Hawkweed is one of a group of closely related plants which belong to the daisy family and has probably evolved in the Brecon Beacons since the last ice age. The hawkweeds are close relatives of dandelions and have similar looking flowers.

Attenborough’s Hawkweed occurs on rocky ledges on Cribyn, one of three spectacular peaks of the central Brecon Beacons which belong to the National Trust.

In late June/early July the hawkweed colours the rocks yellow with its delicate dandelion like flowers and can be easily seen from the main path up to Cribyn.

Joe Daggett, National Trust Countryside Manager, said: “It is amazing to think that this is the only place in the world where this plant occurs and that the evolution of a species can occur at such a local level.

“The inaccessible rocks where it’s found should ensure its continued survival into the future.”

The new plant was first studied in 2004 when Joe Daggett, Graham Motley, Tim Rich and Paul Smith found it whilst looking for the rare Summit Hawkweed, which was found on the adjacent Pen-y-fan.

More than 300 plants of the Attenborough’s Hawkweed were found flowering profusely on the rocky ledges, safe from the sheep which graze the mountains. It took another ten years of study and comparison with related species to be sure it was new.

Commenting on the naming of the Hawkweed after him, Sir David Attenborough, said: “I am thrilled that my name has been given to the delightful new species of hawkweed discovered in the Brecon Beacons.

“Bestowing a name on a new species is surely one of the greatest of biological compliments and I am truly grateful. It is an added joy that Hieracium attenboroughianum should be so beautiful and live in such a lovely part of the country.”

David Attenborough has eleven plants and animals named after him, including a giant pitcher plant from the Philippines and an Indonesian beetle. Most recently he has had a plant genus named after him, identified by a team of researchers in Gabon, Africa. However Attenborough’s Hawkweed is the only living British species that has his name.

New wave of proposed Marine Conservation Zones don’t go far enough

The Government has today launched a three month consultation on the next tranche of Marine Conservation Zones around the coast of England. Below is a joint response to the announcement from the National Trust and the Marine Conservation Society.

Second round of Marine Conservation Zone designation will leave English waters woefully under protected

Conservation charities say promised network of protection is not even close as vital sites don’t even get to public consultation

The UK’s leading marine charity says it is hugely disappointed that, in the same week the Government has been warned how England’s declining natural environment is harming the economy, it has failed to deliver on promises to better protect English seas.

37 sites had been proposed to go forward to a second public consultation on Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), all identified by Government’s scientific advisers as vital to plugging “major gaps” that currently exist in the development of a UK network.

However, only 23 sites have made the final list when the consultation for potential new MCZs was launched on Friday 30th January. While MCS is keen that members of the public air their views to ensure that these sites become a reality, the charity has real concerns that English seas will not contribute a network of sites that we can be proud of in future.

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National Trust launches new online land map

Huw Davies, Head of Conservation Information for the National Trust, tells us about the launch of a new website, Land Map.

In 1899 the National Trust acquired its first nature reserve with the purchase of two acres of Wicken Fen, near Cambridge. Credit National Trust Images, Robert Morris.

 

There’s a fantastic new online resource for anyone who’s interested in our history – a searchable map called Land Map that shows all the places in our care.

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