Trust digs deep to stem sector’s skills shortage in heritage horticulture

An impressive new initiative this from The National Trust.

They have announced plans to step-up its commitment to heritage horticulture with the launch of its new Heritage Gardening Programme.

Read more here: Trust digs deep to stem sector’s skills shortage in heritage horticulture


Heritage Open Days is here again!

Heritage Open Days kicks off today (Thursday 8th September) with a chance to explore history and heritage on your doorstep.

Every year across four days in September, Heritage Open Days is  England’s biggest heritage festival offering the public opportunity to see hidden places and try out new experiences, all of which are FREE to explore.

Heritage Open Days

HODs: time to explore what’s on your doorstep

Running this year from 8th to 11 September 2016, it is chance once again to celebrate the vast riches of history, architecture and culture with more than 5000 free events over four days across towns, cities and rural areas across England.

Heritage Open Days was established in 1994 as England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days, a scheme initiated in 1991 by the Council of Europe to raise appreciation for Europe’s rich and diverse cultural assets and their need for care and protection.

The principle behind it all was to simply throw open the doors to historic monuments and buildings, in particular those normally closed to the public. One of the key requirements therefore was to offer free access to all properties taking part in the European Heritage Days, with September being designated as a month of Open Days across Europe.

As a travel and heritage writer for a UK publisher with two magazines that focus on UK tourism and heritage (Discover Britain’s Gardens magazine, and Discover Britain for Groups magazine), and someone who has an interest in local and regional heritage and history, Heritage Open Days is something of real interest and right up my street.

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And by searching the Heritage Open Days website, you will find many attractions to explore close to where you live!

When it comes to local heritage there are many places which we tend to forget about or take for granted, or simply do not even know exist. But there are many – in most cases right on your very doorstep, and for the next four days will be open to explore.

Click on the Heritage Open Days search page to find out what is near you.

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Surviving the school holidays

The summer holidays are and have always been too long.

That’s my view anyway. And I am sure plenty of kids would agree with that too. 

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66 miles of new England Coast Path opens in Kent

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The National Trust is today supporting the launch of 66 miles of the England Coast Path in Kent and East Sussex.

The conservation charity cares for six miles of coastline in Kent, including the White Cliffs of Dover and Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve.

An event marking the opening of the path will take place at the National Trust’s White Cliffs visitor centre.

The England Coast Path is an initiative of Natural England, the government’s natural environment agency. When the full path opens in 2020, the 2,700 mile long England Coast Path will be the longest continuous walking trail in the world.

Visitors walking their dog along the clifftop at The White Cliffs of Dover, Kent, on a sunny day in August. Visitors walking their dog along the clifftop at The White Cliffs of Dover, Kent, on a sunny day in August.(c) National Trust Images / John Millar

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National Trust launches £250,000 coastal appeal to protect stunning Cornish clifftop

A £250,000 fundraising appeal is today  being launched by the National Trust to raise money to protect and care for one of my favourite parts of the UK coastline – Trevose Head near Padstow in Cornwall. 


Source: National Trust launches £250,000 coastal appeal to protect stunning Cornish clifftop