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…

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’…

Ringing Bells for Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days, the UK’s largest festival of heritage, kicks off today.  Over the next 4 days you can enjoy free access to hundreds of events and venues around the country celebrating all that heritage has to offer.  This year we’ve teamed up with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers to bring to life the 400-year old tradition…

50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾

  Today sees the relaunch of our 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾ campaign, encouraging families to get outdoors and experience all the benefits that nature has to offer. Research commissioned by the National Trust has revealed that 96% of parents believe it’s of great importance for their children to have a connection with nature and…