National Trust

Heading for the Hillforts

Mike Collins | Posted 27.08.2014 | 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 14.07.2014 | 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...

It's Time to Let Our Kids Take More Risks

Judith Hackitt CBE | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Hackitt CBE

When you become a parent your children become the most precious thing you have, and it's natural to want to protect them. But is it possible to be too protective? Is there a link between 'cotton wool kids' and the shortage of practical skills demonstrated by those who want to do apprenticeships or study science and engineering at university? I think there could be.

The Death of Childhood

Emily Buchanan | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Buchanan

At a time when we desperately need children to be environmentally educated, their understanding of biodiversity is being outsourced to digital media. To deprive them of the innocence of outdoor play is to jeopardise the fragile future of our environment.

Recognising the People Who Keep Our Green Places Special

Mike Collins | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Collins

In recent years there has been a boom in community led initiatives from creating new woodlands to running an orchard. These places, which are often quite small, can bring people together to share the wonder of being immersed in nature and seeing how the seasons change.

Year Of The Slug

PA | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK

The washed-out summer turned 2012 into the year of the slug, which thrived while much of the UK's wildlife struggled in the unsettled weather, experts...

Sam Cam's Fiat Went for a Bomb: But Amy Winehouse Shows a Previous Celeb Owner Isn't Always a Plus

Martin Roberts | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Roberts

There was a lot of interest some years ago when the childhood home of Rob Roy MacGregor, the Scottish folk hero that Mel Gibson did a darn fine job of playing in Braveheart, came up for auction. It went for something like three times the guide price (I know because I was the under bidder).

Why the White Cliffs of Dover Matter

Mike Collins | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK
Mike Collins

The White Cliffs appeal has shown that despite the challenging economic climate that we live in today that people do still really care for special places and will come together to help save them for future generations to enjoy.

Letting Children Have a Natural Childhood

Mike Collins | Posted 25.11.2012 | UK
Mike Collins

Making nature part of children's everyday experience is a simple and effective way of plugging them into the world around them. Children are naturally inquisitive and love to explore; it's about getting them hooked and excited about the simple things. It could be about watching ants marching to their nests, snails clinging to a wall or birds singing in a tree.

Mary McCartney: Speaking Words Of Wisdom

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

She peers out from inside her father's sheepskin coat on the cover of his debut solo LP, McCartney. It's 1970 and she's the firstborn child of one half of perhaps the world's greatest songwriting partnership. So enters Mary McCartney into the world of photography: as a subject.

Why We Need to Protect Landmarks Like the White Cliffs of Dover

Mike Collins | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK
Mike Collins

It's a rare quality for one single place to have such a standing in a nations collective memory that it comes to symbolise the character and spirit of a country. The White Cliffs of Dover have served that function for countless generations and really do encapsulate that often over used word 'iconic'. 

Appeal To Save White Cliffs Of Dover

PA | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK

A £1.2 million appeal to safeguard one of England's most famous natural landmarks, the White Cliffs of Dover, has been launched by the National Trust...

National Trust To Run A Pub

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.06.2012 | UK

The National Trust, famed for its country houses, has turned its attention to running a pub for the first time. The heritage organisation has taken...

Beer We Go: National Trust Runs Pub

PA | Posted 22.06.2012 | UK

The National Trust, famed for its country houses, has turned its attention to running a pub for the first time. The heritage organisation has taken...

There's Nothing Natural About National Trust's '50 Things' List for Children

BritMums | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
BritMums

But a to-do list? Don't we get enough of these with our children's educations, their diets, even their gestation in the womb. This list of "shoulds" goes against the very freeform discovery it's meant to inspire.

The Quickest Way of Ending a War is to Lose It

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

Getting our planning laws right was a big issue to ensure we protect our green spaces. But the countryside is not just pretty fields and forests; it is a living, breathing environment and the people who live there need to be listened to on all the issues, not just those that make prime time.