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National Trust London and South East The National Trust in London and the South East of England. Places to visit and things to see in Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Bucks, Berks, Oxon, London and Isle of Wight.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southeast As a charity we depend on people like you to help us continue our vital work. There are hundreds of ways to help us – from volunteering to making a donation. So, whether you're looking for a great family day out, a place to walk the dog, or perhaps you just want to give a little something back to the community - we have something to offer you. We now have 3.7 million members and 55,000 volunteers.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southeast As a charity we depend on people like you to help us continue our vital work. There are hundreds of ways to help us – from volunteering to making a donation. So, whether you're looking for a great family day out, a place to walk the dog, or perhaps you just want to give a little something back to the community - we have something to offer you. We now have 3.7 million members and 55,000 volunteers.

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Bird on a wire. Here's the first of the swallows back at the New Inn at Stowe. The wire is no longer in use, but the tea...
06/05/2021

Bird on a wire. Here's the first of the swallows back at the New Inn at Stowe.

The wire is no longer in use, but the team kept it in place when they restored the New Inn in 2012 for the swallows to perch on.

📷 National Trust / David Humphries @stowe_nt

Bird on a wire. Here's the first of the swallows back at the New Inn at Stowe.

The wire is no longer in use, but the team kept it in place when they restored the New Inn in 2012 for the swallows to perch on.

📷 National Trust / David Humphries @stowe_nt

Many of our places are saying no to the mower this month to help bees, butterflies and other wildlife in #NoMowMay.Are y...
05/05/2021

Many of our places are saying no to the mower this month to help bees, butterflies and other wildlife in #NoMowMay.

Are you in the mow or no-mow camp?

📷 National Trust / Holly Poncini

#SoutheastNT

Many of our places are saying no to the mower this month to help bees, butterflies and other wildlife in #NoMowMay.

Are you in the mow or no-mow camp?

📷 National Trust / Holly Poncini

#SoutheastNT

04/05/2021

The bluebells are so beautiful at Basildon Park, that area ranger Leo has been much in demand by the media to talk about how we look after them.

See the full video here: https://bit.ly/2Raveca

Or check out Leo on BBC South Today this evening (Tuesday 4 May).

🎥 Good Housekeeping UK

We look after a three-mile stretch of The Royal Military Canal and we've an interesting lady to thank. The canal stretch...
03/05/2021

We look after a three-mile stretch of The Royal Military Canal and we've an interesting lady to thank.

The canal stretches for 28 miles from Hythe in Kent to Cliff End in East Sussex.

It was part of a military line of defence against the threat of invasion by Napoleon. As you walk along it, you can see the banking forming a parapet to protect the soldiers.

The invasion never came, but in fact the canal was completed too late for it to have been effective anyway.

In 1936, the land came up for sale. A three-mile stretch between Warehorne and Appledore was bought by Dorothy Johnston.

Dorothy (1880-1962) was a photographer, traveller and one of the first women admitted to the Royal Geographical Society.

Concerned about the risk of development, she donated her purchase to the National Trust to preserve it, along with her home. library and local history collection.

Today, there's a public footpath which runs the whole length of the canal and thanks to Dorothy, our rangers look after her section as a haven for wildlife.

Thanks to curator Carien Kremer for the content.

📷 From Dorothy Johnston's album, taken in 1936

#NationalWalkingMonth
#SoutheastNT

We look after a three-mile stretch of The Royal Military Canal and we've an interesting lady to thank.

The canal stretches for 28 miles from Hythe in Kent to Cliff End in East Sussex.

It was part of a military line of defence against the threat of invasion by Napoleon. As you walk along it, you can see the banking forming a parapet to protect the soldiers.

The invasion never came, but in fact the canal was completed too late for it to have been effective anyway.

In 1936, the land came up for sale. A three-mile stretch between Warehorne and Appledore was bought by Dorothy Johnston.

Dorothy (1880-1962) was a photographer, traveller and one of the first women admitted to the Royal Geographical Society.

Concerned about the risk of development, she donated her purchase to the National Trust to preserve it, along with her home. library and local history collection.

Today, there's a public footpath which runs the whole length of the canal and thanks to Dorothy, our rangers look after her section as a haven for wildlife.

Thanks to curator Carien Kremer for the content.

📷 From Dorothy Johnston's album, taken in 1936

#NationalWalkingMonth
#SoutheastNT

02/05/2021

**Sound on to hear the cuckoo**

Zoe, a new team member at Uppark, was taking pictures of the spring flowers when she heard a cuckoo call from the woods beyond the garden.

'It's the first cuckoo any of us have heard at Uppark this year, and my first 'National Trust' cuckoo too!'

You can listen out for the cuckoo yourself from tomorrow as Uppark's garden and cafe open on Monday 3 May.

#DawnChorusDay
#SoutheastNT

📷 National Trust Images / Chris Jonas

We're revelling in the view of Surrey's natural beauty from between the colonnades at Polesden for #SurreyDay📷 National ...
01/05/2021

We're revelling in the view of Surrey's natural beauty from between the colonnades at Polesden for #SurreyDay

📷 National Trust Images / Mark Wigmore

#SoutheastNT
@VisitSurrey

We're revelling in the view of Surrey's natural beauty from between the colonnades at Polesden for #SurreyDay

📷 National Trust Images / Mark Wigmore

#SoutheastNT
@VisitSurrey

Every year, the lengthsmen looking after the River Wey look forward to finding a robin's nest in their log store. Here's...
30/04/2021

Every year, the lengthsmen looking after the River Wey look forward to finding a robin's nest in their log store. Here's this year's elaborate construction. They're hoping to hear the cheeping of chicks very soon.

📷 Chris, Triggs Lengthsman @ntriverwey

Every year, the lengthsmen looking after the River Wey look forward to finding a robin's nest in their log store. Here's this year's elaborate construction. They're hoping to hear the cheeping of chicks very soon.

📷 Chris, Triggs Lengthsman @ntriverwey

**It's rose-feeding time**If you want your summer roses looking like these at Hinton Ampner, Head Gardener John Wood has...
29/04/2021

**It's rose-feeding time**

If you want your summer roses looking like these at Hinton Ampner, Head Gardener John Wood has some top tips for #NationalGardeningWeek.

'It's time to feed your roses. At Hinton we use an organic based rose or shrub fertiliser that contains all the trace nutrients a rose requires to get it off to a great start.'

'If you're just starting out with roses, then a good one for beginners is Rosa Rugosa 'Roseraie de I'Hay', which we grow at Hinton. Its large, crimson blooms are deeply scented, plus it's disease-resistant and very hardy. it repeat-flowers too, so you get wonderful colour and fragrance throughout the summer.'

More from John on roses in our new School of Gardening book, which you can order here: https://bit.ly/3gEEy2J

📷 National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

#Accessibility - Pink and purple roses in front of the red brick facade of Hinton Ampner

**It's rose-feeding time**

If you want your summer roses looking like these at Hinton Ampner, Head Gardener John Wood has some top tips for #NationalGardeningWeek.

'It's time to feed your roses. At Hinton we use an organic based rose or shrub fertiliser that contains all the trace nutrients a rose requires to get it off to a great start.'

'If you're just starting out with roses, then a good one for beginners is Rosa Rugosa 'Roseraie de I'Hay', which we grow at Hinton. Its large, crimson blooms are deeply scented, plus it's disease-resistant and very hardy. it repeat-flowers too, so you get wonderful colour and fragrance throughout the summer.'

More from John on roses in our new School of Gardening book, which you can order here: https://bit.ly/3gEEy2J

📷 National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

#Accessibility - Pink and purple roses in front of the red brick facade of Hinton Ampner

This gorgeous pic of Nymans' tulips was shared by Katy from her visit this week. The perfect sunny day made the lawns id...
28/04/2021

This gorgeous pic of Nymans' tulips was shared by Katy from her visit this week. The perfect sunny day made the lawns ideal for baby-crawling practice.

@theadventureplaylist / Katy Mason

#Accessibility Nymans' ruins on a sunny day with tulips in the foreground

This gorgeous pic of Nymans' tulips was shared by Katy from her visit this week. The perfect sunny day made the lawns ideal for baby-crawling practice.

@theadventureplaylist / Katy Mason

#Accessibility Nymans' ruins on a sunny day with tulips in the foreground

27/04/2021

Why did the goslings cross the road?

This fluffy bundle of trouble took their first steps at Winkworth Arboretum last week.

🎥 National Trust / Eleanor Nicklin

#Accessbility - five yellow goslings crossing a dirt track with their parents in the sunshine

Nymans' plant centre has reopened with lots of colourful bedding, herbs and flowers just in time for #NationalGardeningW...
26/04/2021

Nymans' plant centre has reopened with lots of colourful bedding, herbs and flowers just in time for #NationalGardeningWeek

To help you with green-fingered tips, we've got a new book out: The National Trust School of Gardening. You can buy it here: https://bit.ly/3gEEy2J

📷 National Trust / Emma Stratton

25/04/2021

From the beautiful blossom at the start, stay with this video to see some of Stowe's iconic landmarks come into view.

Can you spot the Gothic Temple, Lord Cobham's Pillar, the Temple of Ancient Virtue and the Rotunda?

You could use this map to help: https://bit.ly/3arshdY

🎥 National Trust / Christopher Drake

Today is officially #BlossomWatch day. Hope you can get out in the sunshine and enjoy the show! 📷 National Trust / Hugh ...
24/04/2021

Today is officially #BlossomWatch day.

Hope you can get out in the sunshine and enjoy the show!

📷 National Trust / Hugh Mothersole

23/04/2021

Can you see Dragon's Hill? It's the volcano-shaped mound in the foreground. And you might just be able to see the white scar in the centre?

This is (allegedly) where St George slayed the dragon. The dragon's blood was so toxic that nothing has grown there since.

Behind Dragon's Hill you can just make out the White Horse, which missed its annual chalking last year so is not as white as usual.

You can also clearly see the Manger and rippled Giants' Steps.

Thank you so much to Hedley Thorne for sending us this wonderful footage of White Horse Hill for us to share on #StGeorgesDay

#SoutheastNT

🎥 Hedley Thorne

Sometimes it's only when looking up at the vast sky that we really appreciate the ground beneath us. On #EarthDay and ev...
22/04/2021

Sometimes it's only when looking up at the vast sky that we really appreciate the ground beneath us.

On #EarthDay and every day we support environmental protection.

📷 National Trust Images / Nick Dautlich

#Accessibility - pink and blue sky reflected in the dewpond at Ditchling Beacon.

Sometimes it's only when looking up at the vast sky that we really appreciate the ground beneath us.

On #EarthDay and every day we support environmental protection.

📷 National Trust Images / Nick Dautlich

#Accessibility - pink and blue sky reflected in the dewpond at Ditchling Beacon.

350,000 spring bulbs were planted in 2019 at Waddesdon, helped by local schools. Unfortunately no one was able to see th...
21/04/2021

350,000 spring bulbs were planted in 2019 at Waddesdon, helped by local schools. Unfortunately no one was able to see them last year, so the team is super-excited to see visitors able to enjoy them this spring.

Do make sure you book to visit, via the Waddesdon website.

#Accessibility - brightly coloured red, yellow and pink tulips with Waddesdon's ornate aviary in the background

350,000 spring bulbs were planted in 2019 at Waddesdon, helped by local schools. Unfortunately no one was able to see them last year, so the team is super-excited to see visitors able to enjoy them this spring.

Do make sure you book to visit, via the Waddesdon website.

#Accessibility - brightly coloured red, yellow and pink tulips with Waddesdon's ornate aviary in the background

It's so great to see the bluebells emerging. People talk about a scent - have you ever caught a waft of bluebell in a wo...
20/04/2021

It's so great to see the bluebells emerging. People talk about a scent - have you ever caught a waft of bluebell in a woodland?

These pictured are in the woodland around Hughenden. Find other great places @southeastnt to see (or sniff) bluebells here: https://bit.ly/3gmcvoo

Don't forget to book to guarantee entry, but on weekdays if there's space, you may not need to book.

📷 National Trust / Hugh Mothersole

It's so great to see the bluebells emerging. People talk about a scent - have you ever caught a waft of bluebell in a woodland?

These pictured are in the woodland around Hughenden. Find other great places @southeastnt to see (or sniff) bluebells here: https://bit.ly/3gmcvoo

Don't forget to book to guarantee entry, but on weekdays if there's space, you may not need to book.

📷 National Trust / Hugh Mothersole

19/04/2021

Bumble bee problems. How to exit gracefully from a snakeshead fritillary.

Thanks to Chastleton and Rebecca Farr for the video.

#Accessbility - bumble bee fumbling around in a flower and crawling clumsily through leaves to find a flight path

On #WorldHeritageDay, we’re taking a look back at the restoration of Stowe. This extraordinary landscape is layered with...
18/04/2021

On #WorldHeritageDay, we’re taking a look back at the restoration of Stowe. This extraordinary landscape is layered with cultural myth and meaning and archaeological discoveries we’re still unearthing today.

Since we began looking after Stowe in 1989, we’ve been restoring the gardens, parkland, temples and monuments to their eighteenth century glory days.

Take a scroll through the images to see how building structures have been restored and missing monuments and statues recreated and returned to their homes.

📷 National Trust Images / Andrew Butler / John Millar / Peter Silver / Angus Davidson

You could say that Alfriston Clergy House was our first home improvement project. It was the first historic house to be ...
16/04/2021

You could say that Alfriston Clergy House was our first home improvement project.

It was the first historic house to be acquired by the newly formed National Trust on this day 125 years ago.

The medieval house, with its cottage garden and idyllic riverside setting, captured the imagination of National Trust founder Octavia Hill. By 1896 the collapsing structure was in dire need of help.

It cost just £10 to buy, but took £400 to restore, paving the way for future conservation work on historic buildings and landscapes so that we can enjoy them today.

#AlfristonNT125

#Accessibility - old black and white photo of a dilapidated timber framed building, and restored Alfriston Clergy House with neat thatch and white painted walls between the exposed beams.

📷 National Trust Images / Andrew Butler

Seen any bluebells out yet?Thanks Henry for sharing pics of the first ones to appear at Basildon Park. 📷 @henryhomp62
15/04/2021

Seen any bluebells out yet?

Thanks Henry for sharing pics of the first ones to appear at Basildon Park.

📷 @henryhomp62

Seen any bluebells out yet?

Thanks Henry for sharing pics of the first ones to appear at Basildon Park.

📷 @henryhomp62

How do you clean a 250 year-old silk tapestry? Very carefully, is the answer. There are eighteen separate pieces of tape...
14/04/2021

How do you clean a 250 year-old silk tapestry?

Very carefully, is the answer.

There are eighteen separate pieces of tapestry lining the walls of the the Ante Room at Osterley. The colours are still beautifully rich and the design references then-resident Mrs Child's love of animals and her garden.

After a year of closure, the delicate work of art was in need of checking over and cleaning. Two conservators from the National Trust Textile Conservation Studio at Blickling, Norfolk, set to work with their special museum vac.

They cleared the room, put up a tower scaffold, then began their inspection for pests, such as moths and carpet beetles and general dust and dirt. Even using a very low-pressure vac, some fibres inevitably become loose, so they had to be as light-touch as possible.

Everything is recorded, from the genus and species of any pests, to the amount of silk fibres removed by the cleaning process. They can then compare this with the next clean, to check if there's been any deterioration.

It takes a keen eye, a meticulous approach and a steady nerve.

Thanks to conservator Rebecca Ellison for the content
📷 National Trust Images / Bill Batten

How do you clean a 250 year-old silk tapestry?

Very carefully, is the answer.

There are eighteen separate pieces of tapestry lining the walls of the the Ante Room at Osterley. The colours are still beautifully rich and the design references then-resident Mrs Child's love of animals and her garden.

After a year of closure, the delicate work of art was in need of checking over and cleaning. Two conservators from the National Trust Textile Conservation Studio at Blickling, Norfolk, set to work with their special museum vac.

They cleared the room, put up a tower scaffold, then began their inspection for pests, such as moths and carpet beetles and general dust and dirt. Even using a very low-pressure vac, some fibres inevitably become loose, so they had to be as light-touch as possible.

Everything is recorded, from the genus and species of any pests, to the amount of silk fibres removed by the cleaning process. They can then compare this with the next clean, to check if there's been any deterioration.

It takes a keen eye, a meticulous approach and a steady nerve.

Thanks to conservator Rebecca Ellison for the content
📷 National Trust Images / Bill Batten

Cherry trees are having their moment right now. These are Mount Fuji cherries in the orchard at Mottisfont and they have...
13/04/2021

Cherry trees are having their moment right now. These are Mount Fuji cherries in the orchard at Mottisfont and they have the most delicious honey fragrance.

📷 National Trust Images / Jonny Norton

#BlossomWatch

Cherry trees are having their moment right now. These are Mount Fuji cherries in the orchard at Mottisfont and they have the most delicious honey fragrance.

📷 National Trust Images / Jonny Norton

#BlossomWatch

11/04/2021

Busy toads in the pond at Great Coxwell Barn. The ranger team had to dodge their antics as they cleared the invasive Pennywort from the water.

📷 National Trust / Holly Poncini

#Accessibility - toads leaping about and on top of each other in a pond

Emmetts Garden was radiating sunshine despite the grey sky on Sinni's visit last week. Thanks for sharing your pic Sinni...
09/04/2021

Emmetts Garden was radiating sunshine despite the grey sky on Sinni's visit last week. Thanks for sharing your pic Sinni!

📷 @sinni_kumar

#Accessibility - bright yellow tulips and daffodils in the foreground and hills in the distance

Emmetts Garden was radiating sunshine despite the grey sky on Sinni's visit last week. Thanks for sharing your pic Sinni!

📷 @sinni_kumar

#Accessibility - bright yellow tulips and daffodils in the foreground and hills in the distance

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