Enjoy the summer and protect the UK’s treasured sites with The National Trust
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Founded over a century ago, the National Trust is one of the UK’s leading conservation charities. Passionate about open spaces and historic sites, they protect many throughout the country, from forests, moorland, and beaches to villages, pubs, and archaeological remains. Not only does the charity preserve these places for future generations, but they also ensure that public access remains open so that these wonderful locations can continue to be enjoyed at first hand. What’s more, the charity organises events throughout the year, meaning that visits to National Trust properties and spaces are all the more fun and informative. Fancy attending one? Well, gosh, lucky you! – HugoFox.com just so happens to have a plethora of National Trust events listed in our Events category.
The National Trust’s events are great ways to experience what the UK has to offer, in terms of wildlife, landscape, and history. And what better time to get out and about than the summer? (Hey, we’re optimists here at HugoFox News!) The Trust seems to agree, and has organised some real seasonal gems for the coming months…
In Bradenham village in the Chiltern hills, the Trust is running Summer Garden Tours on 22nd July and 12th August, when visitors will be treated to a tour of the stunning garden by none other than its Head Gardener. With a Victorian summer border, parterre, wilderness garden and traditional orchard, the garden is rich in both beauty and history, as it dates from the 17th Century and was formerly the family home of the D’israeli family.
If you prefer food than flowers, then the ‘Altogether Organic’ tour at Greys Court might be more to your taste. Join the gardeners as they wander through the grounds of the 16th Century mansion on 4th-5th July, and learn about the organic produce grown in the thriving kitchen garden. To top things off, you’ll have the opportunity to re-fuel after your walk with a soup lunch in the Cromwellian Tearooms. Yum!
And if a soup lunch just isn’t enough, Cliveden house in Berkshire will be hosting an exclusive garden evening tour and supper on 17th July. Guests will be pampered with a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by a guided walk with an expert gardener to experience the house’s grounds in the evening light. The event will conclude in the Orangery, where a scrumptious two-course meal will be home-cooked for the guests’ delectation. What bliss!
These are by no means the only events the charity is running this summer. To find out more, just type ‘National Trust’ into the HugoFox.com search engine, and a host of great events will appear before your eyes!
But events are not the only wonderful thing that the National Trust is brewing at present. In fact, on 26th June 2012 the Trust launched a new fundraising appeal with the aim of securing the long-term future of the White Cliffs of Dover in Kent. In its biggest ever coastal fundraiser, the Trust needs to raise £1.2 million in order to acquire a 1.35km stretch of the cliffs, which it will then manage and protect for the benefit of the public and the local wildlife. By acquiring this sweep of cliffs, the Trust will unite a 7km stretch of coastline under its care, thus ensuring that the entire length will be safeguarded.
Witness to such moments as the arrival of the Romans and the return of British troops after WWII, and home to a range of rare wildlife such as the Adonis blue butterfly, oxtongue broomrape (no, we haven’t made that up!) and the only colony of kittiwakes in Kent, the iconic White Cliffs are imbued with historic, cultural, and environmental importance for the UK. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the site every year to gaze out over the chalk cliffs at the stunning vista across the English Channel. But development may mar this beautiful spot if conservation and sensitive management are not given top priority – luckily, this is what the Trust proposes to do.
The National Trust currently cares for more than 720 miles of British coastline, so it’s clear that the White Cliffs could not fall into better hands. But the fundraising target needs to be met by the end of the year in order to secure this precious British landmark. You can donate to the appeal online, or alternatively via text or by phone – see the Trust’s website for more details.
Even if you’re not in a position to donate, then you can still help to spread the word about the Trust and its fantastic work. With awareness, care, and conservation practices like the Trust’s, we can all help to preserve the British countryside for generations to come.