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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...

National Trust reopens Agatha Christie’s holiday home

On Saturday 5 September, the National Trust in the South West will see Greenway House open its doors daily, for the first time in more than four months - with several new safety measures in place.

Last month two South West properties; Barrington Court and Kingston Lacy, reopened as part of a phased reopening of 200 houses which were closed as part of the national lockdown in March....

Dramatic rise in barbecues and litter says National Trust as wildfire risk continues

The National Trust is urging people not to bring a barbecue or light a campfire when they visit the coast and countryside, following a spate of wildfires during lockdown.

Despite recent rainfall, a record-breaking spring of sunshine has left many landscapes dry and created the perfect conditions for fires to ignite and quickly spread.

Since the start of April, several large...

Arlington’s kitchen garden becomes a family veggie patch

Although Arlington Court is closed, the National Trust is still caring for the property and its impressive estate, with a little help from local families.

With most of the Trust’s staff furloughed, a small team remains to carry out essential tasks. Normally three gardeners and 20 volunteers tend to Arlington’s beautiful Victorian gardens. But with the gardening team down to just one...

National Trust launches year of action to tackle ‘nature deficiency’

The National Trust is launching a series of activities to help people engage more with their natural surroundings, as new research[4] released by the conservation charity, shows those with an active ‘engagement’ with nature are more likely to help tackle the nature crisis.

This includes a new weekly guide to every day nature connection and a public awareness campaign, including...

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