Can you dig it? Developing Our Archaeological Knowledge

In this series of blog posts Ellie Dewdney will be keeping you up to date with current issues that could affect Britain’s most special places and what the National Trust are doing to preserve these national treasures. So it seems certain that there are going to be those who are worried about the archaeological impact…

Fracking: A Joint Response to new Planning Guidance

The Angling Trust, National Trust, RSPB, the Salmon and Trout Association, The Wildlife Trusts and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust earlier this year published a major review of the risks that shale gas extraction (‘fracking’) could pose in the UK and put forward ten recommendations to address these risks. Our review concluded that fracking poses…

Europe's largest electricity generating waterwheel

From a Waterfall to a Cup of Tea, thanks to Britain’s Largest Electricity Generating Waterwheel

How do you power a tea room using a waterfall? Here at the National Trust we’ve found the solution, and it combines historic technology with twenty-first century innovation. At Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall in Wales, Europe’s largest electricity generating waterwheel is producing enough clean, green energy to power the whole site. Caught on camera…

Is the Government’s Planning Framework delivering on the PM’s promises to the Trust?

In this series of blog posts Ellie Dewdney will be keeping you up to date with current issues that could affect Britain’s most special places and what the National Trust are doing to preserve these national treasures. For those of you out there who haven’t come across it the National Planning Policy Framework (or the…

Better Out than In … Why you should be exercising outside

In this series of blog posts Ellie Dewdney will be keeping you up to date with current issues that could affect Britain’s most special places and what the National Trust are doing to preserve these national treasures. With summer just around the corner, this is the time of year when many of us (regretting the…

Hardwick Hall’s tapestries: Gideon’s story continues

 In this post Gina Richards looks into what is being done with some of Britian’s most treasured tapestries…  The National Trust own the largest collection of tapestries in Britain, with Hardwick Hall having over 100 in its impressive collection. Within the property resides the internationally significant Gideon collection, which tells the biblical story of Gideon’s victory over the Midianites. Due…