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Nutcracker story to sparkle with over 48,000 lights at Saltram this Christmas

The National Trust’s Saltram will be bringing some festive sparkle to the ground floor of the Georgian mansion near Plymouth. A staggering 48,460 lights will be adorning the huge Christmas trees inside the house, with the grand rooms elaborately decorated to tell the story of the Nutcracker. Booking will be essential with limited tickets to visit the display inside the house and garden until...

Call for help to plant 2,000 trees at Kipscombe in October half-term

The National Trust in North Devon is asking for volunteers to come and help plant up to 2,000 trees during half term, on Thursday 28 October at Kipscombe (above Lynmouth).

In North Devon the National Trust has an ambition to plant 125,000 trees by 2025, and these trees will help combat climate change and build natural corridors to give our wildlife a better chance.

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Rare cirl buntings see 33% population boost on National Trust farmland in Devon

Sixty breeding pairs of the rare cirl bunting have been recorded between Bolt Head and Bolberry Down on land owned by the National Trust in the South Hams. The 33% increase to sixty pairs, from forty in previous years, is the highest count of the small birds in the area since recording began in 2012. The area is one of the most important sites for cirl buntings in the UK, which are currently...

National Trust reveals blossoming ambitions for cities, including Plymouth, as ‘Project Blossom’ starts to take root around UK

The ambition of ‘Project Blossom’ is to create inspirational green spaces in and near urban areas to connect more people to nature and to create more spaces for hope and reflection. The local National Trust team have been working with Plymouth City Council on ideal places for the project to take place in the city.  The Plymouth site will be located on the coast at Devil’s Point, overlooking...

National Trust’s Lorna Doone Valley opens tea-room

The National Trust has opened the Buttery tea-room at Lorna Doone Valley, meaning visitors to the North Devon coast will be able to tuck into a top quality cream tea by the River Badgworthy, nestled in the dramatic Exmoor landscape that inspired RD Blackmore’s much loved book. Every penny donated or spent at the tea-room will be reinvested on the Exmoor Coast helping people and nature thrive...

3,000 new trees planted by National Trust in South Devon

3,000 new trees planted by National Trust in South Devon

At Southdown Farm near Salcombe, the National Trust team have been working hard on various projects to increase the value of the area for wildlife. With the help of local volunteers the team have been planting up over one kilometre of new hedgebanks with shrubs and also planting trees around sheltered corners of fields. The new hedges have created smaller, more sheltered fields on the exposed...

National Trust launches ‘grow-along’ to help home gardeners grow their own plastic-free kitchen sponges

The National Trust is launching a new ‘grow-along’ to help people grow their own loofahs, which can be used as a sustainable alternative to plastic washing up sponges.

In 2019, the team at Knightshayes in Devon grew their first crop of loofahs – the fruit of Luffa cylindrica , a vine in the cucumber family – and began using them to wash dishes as an alternative to disposable, plastic...

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National Trust reopens houses at Coleton Fishacre and Arlington Cour

In July the National Trust reopened seven properties in England and Northern Ireland as part of a phased reopening of its 200 houses, which were closed as part of the national lockdown in March. The houses at Coleton Fishacre and Arlington Court are part of the latest round of properties to reopen, specifically selected to operate within current government guidelines following the pilot...

Buckland Abbey, National Trust

National Trust reopens Buckland Abbey, near Plymouth

This week, the National Trust in the South West saw the doors of Buckland Abbey reopen to visitors for the first time in six months - with several new safety measures in place.

The reopening of the Abbey follows a successful phased opening of Buckland’s garden, estate, restaurant and shop since June where one-way systems and limited visitor numbers are tested safety measures that...

National Trust reopens Knightshayes house

At the end of July, the National Trust reopened seven properties in England and Northern Ireland as part of a phased reopening of its 200 houses which were closed as part of the national lockdown in March. Knightshayes has now joined that list, opening its doors to the public after more than four months, with several new safety measures in place.

One-way systems and limited numbers...

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