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Sounds of Our Shores

Mike Collins | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Mike Collins

Close your eyes for a minute. Think of a favourite place on the coast. Tune into your memory sound bank and start to imagine the sounds that fill the airwaves. It could be the sounds from the days spent at the coast as a kid when the day felt like it would never end. Or it might be a trip to a seabird colony clinging to the cliffs and creating an intense wall of sound.

The Sounds of Our Shores: Quack, Sniffle and Plop

Gwen Potter | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Gwen Potter

For many of us, the hooting, hollering and howling we hear on Britain's coast are a key part our childhood experiences. The British Library, National Trust for Scotland and National Trust's Sounds of our Shores project brings us closer to our coast, and the wildlife and people that help to shape it.

The Home of Trolls and Fairies - Why the Great Orme Is Great

Gwen Potter | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gwen Potter

With great fanfare, National Trust has recently acquired the Great Orme. With 'Orme' being Viking for serpent, we have many sea serpents in Wales, including the National Trust ones at Worm's Head in the south and Ynys Lochtyn in the middle - we now have one guarding north Wales for us.

Confessions of a Secret Plant Lover

Gwen Potter | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Gwen Potter

What am I waiting for next? Male silver washed fritillary spinning and dancing in flight, skydancing red kites, powdery pink pillows of thrift and purple spikes of spring squill on the coast, meadows filling with colour, the coconut gorse and a turquoise sea - and that's just on the coast. Lots to come!

Drone Footage Captures Historic Clandon House Mansion Going Up In Smoke

PA | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK

An 18th Century mansion has been left a "shell" but some of its valuable historical artefacts have been saved following a devastating fire, the Nation...

18th Century Stately Home Gutted By Flames

PA | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK

Firefighters battled a blaze at an 18th century mansion on Wednesday, which started in the basement of Clandon House before spreading to the roof. Six...

I Hope Octavia Hill Would Be Proud of Her National Trust

Dame Helen Ghosh | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK
Dame Helen Ghosh

Fast forward to 2015, and what do we think is the biggest challenge the nation faces, in which the National Trust we can play a part? It's not saving great houses any more, though we need to make sure that people carry on enjoying them and feel that the past they represent is still relevant to their lives today. No, the threat is to the health and beauty of our countryside.

A Coast Full of Memories

Mike Collins | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Mike Collins

These memories of days at the seaside as children are part of our national DNA. Millions of Brits head to the coast every year. And there is a rich social history of the connections between the big cities and the nearest stretch of coastline.

Alternative Apps To Make Resolutions Actually Worthwhile (And Doable)

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Tech

By now you'll have seen these features in the papers, magazines and online: 'New Year, New You'. They're all suffering from a problem though which is:...

Weather and Wildlife in Wales - 2014

Gwen Potter | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Gwen Potter

Pretty much every beach had some birds washed up. At Ashridge, one of the oldest beeches fell along with hundreds of other trees. Some of our ancient and veteran trees succumbed in quite spectacular ways, with their sheer size meaning their falls resulted in a domino effect, the aftermath of which we are still dealing with in some places.

Chaos and 'An Economy That Works'

Dr Arlo Brady | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Arlo Brady

I've never been a huge fan of the butterfly effect. The idea that small changes have big effects - like the eponymous fluttering of distant butterfly wings creating the appearance of a hurricane weeks later - can, I have always felt, lead to rather pessimistic thoughts. At its worst, blaming momentous events on a butterfly lets us abrogate our responsibility to tackle big problems with the phrase - "Oh, there's nothing I can do about it".

Autumn Is Awesome

Gwen Potter | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK
Gwen Potter

Walking during the autumn is like nothing else. In your local woodland (mine being 'my' National Trust Llanerchaeron woods in Ceredigion), wood smoke mixes with the leaves to create that beautiful, familiar scent that should be bottled. It's cooler than summer, but not cold.

Seeing Stonehenge in a New Light

Mike Collins | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK
Mike Collins

It's been a busy old time for Stonehenge. The stones are never short of publicity but the attention of the world has been on them in the last couple of weeks.

Great Big Stride Towards a Footpath Around the English Coast

Mike Collins | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK
Mike Collins

As a nation shaped by the coast and drawn to the sea the news, announced by the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, that a coastal footpath around the shores of England will be completed ten years early by 2020 represents one great big stride to opening up access to a remarkable coastline.

Heading for the Hillforts

Mike Collins | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Mike Collins

This place, which in area is the same as 50 football pitches, is dripping with the history that encapsulates the story of the British Isles... These jewels in the National Trust crown have drawn people for a huge variety of reasons. Whether as a place to escape the rat race, a place to be at one with nature or a place to fire the imagination.

Cliveden House and the Pavillion Spa, Berkshire

The Spa Spy | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

When you ask for directions to your hotel and the reply is: "Turn left at the fountain and head straight for the grand entrance", you get the sense that something pretty spectacular lies at the end of the driveway. Sure enough, Cliveden House - a majestic neoclassical country house, perched within 376 acres of National Trust parkland - is no let-down.

Great Weekend Getaways -Countryside Spa Hotels

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

After recently visiting some excellent hotel spas in London (Four Seasons, Bulgari, St Pancras and Cafe Royal), I decided to travel slightly further afield to find luxury countryside spa hotels with an interesting history.

If I Don't Come Home: D-Day Letters - A chat with Richard Bannerman

Roger Crow | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Roger Crow

Richard Bannerman was one-year-old when his father, Capt Alastair Bannerman, became one of more than 160,000 Allied troops involved in the D-Day landi...

Adapting to a Changing Coastline

Mike Collins | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK
Mike Collins

Millions of us spend a fair amount of time daydreaming about being at the coast. Living by the sea with those views into what appears to be infinity and the dreamy sunrises and sunsets has enchanted generations. And yet that sense of things always being the same at the seaside, a constant in a turning world, seems to be changing.

Belt Tightening

David Bond | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

The green belt is under attack by greedy property developers and grasping politicians. This land is protected from development to restrict urban sprawl and preserve green space for people (and for nature).

Why I Did What I Did in the Cathedral

James Thomas | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Comedy
James Thomas

Now, I love tours. Don't even talk to me about those audio-guide ones, though - give me need a real, live, flesh-and-blood tour guide with a positive attitude, a wealth of knowledge and a clearance badge any day.

A Very Wild Network

David Bond | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

A year ago today I stood up in front of a room full of conservationists and told them they had failed. They exist to get people outdoors and connected to nature. But, increasingly, people are not interested. They vote with their feet, and stay indoors. More worryingly, so do their children.

A free Jukebox of Every Tune in the World - In Conversation With Thomas Dolby

Hannah Gal | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Gal

I catch up with Thomas Dolby for a chat about the making of The Invisible Lighthouse and the tour of the same title. We discuss the She Blinded me With Science musician's life long fascination with technology, working with Joni Mitchell and how the 'free jukebox of everything in the world' has forever changed the face of music.

Release Children Into the Wild

David Bond | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
David Bond

Playing outdoors is good for children. It makes for happy, healthy kids. Yet still we persist in letting them stay indoors. We're scared to let them play anywhere other than their bedroom or the garden, where we can keep a keen watch over them. My mother roamed in about 50 square miles. I roamed in one square mile. My two children are free to roam just in 18 square yards.

National Trust To Stage Burlesque Dances (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

This summer, The National Trust will adopt a new method to attract visitors... burlesque dancing. Lola Lamour and her entourage -- complete with "c...