Heritage Open Days makes history again!

Heritage Open Days is bigger than ever and thousands of people celebrated their local heritage at events around the country earlier this month.  In this blog Harriet Roberts, Heritage Open Days Media Manager, tells us about this year’s festival.   ‘Let’s open the doors!’ announced Heritage Open Days patron, Loyd Grossman OBE. He was speaking on…

Celebrating AONBs in Outstanding Week

For many people, our outstanding landscapes and beautiful coast and countryside are what make us proud of our country – and one of the biggest draws for overseas visitors too. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) help keep these areas special. And this week these precious landscapes are being celebrated, as Outstanding Week gets underway.…

Over half our wildlife species have declined, says new State of Nature report

The second State of Nature report reveals that over half of UK wildlife species have declined over recent decades. We’re playing our part in restoring nature at our places. High Brown Fritillary butterfly at Heddon Valley. The High Brown Fritillary is one of Britain’s most threatened butterflies. ©National Trust Images/Matthew Oates The report, published three years…

Join Canute’s Crossing today: Heritage Open Days

George Osborne, Raymond Blanc and our own Director-General Dame Helen Ghosh have all jumped the River Lily.  Today follow in theirs and King Canute’s footsteps and ‘ford’ the Lily as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days. Canute’s Crossing is a free-to-all community event, celebrating the legend that in 1016 King Canute ‘forded the Lily’…

National Trust appoints specialists to protect Hardwick Hall

The National Trust has appointed landscape architecture specialists Cookson and Tickner to develop a proposal to mitigate HS2’s impact on Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, and to integrate the high speed rail line into the historic landscape. An aerial view of Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire. Credit National Trust/John Miller. The appointment has been made following a competitive…