The Trust manages the surrounding landscape park with an eye to nature conservation. It contains such features as a walled garden, with a flower garden and a former physic garden, now managed as a kitchen garden. The ancient deer park of the Calke Abbey Estate is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and national nature reserve, particularly noted for its rare wood pasture habitat and associated deadwood invertebrate fauna. The estate is also listed at Grade II* on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
I am not sorry for the amount of photos I took today including the highlight of the day - snowdrops!
Sometimes you just need time to breath, sit back and enjoy doing nothing - even if its just for 10 mins.
Enjoying nature always helps me prepare for the week ahead. This stunning view and vitamin D boost was courtesy of @ntwentworthcastlegardens.
Gentle watermusic streaming live recently in lovely, National Trust Lanthwaite Wood, the view revealing an oxbow on the Cocker (meaning twisted/crooked) river.
Oxbow describes a U-shaped meander in a stream. I did not know before (did you?) that the word derives from the wooden framework bent in the shape of a U which goes around the neck of an ox and attaches to the horizontal yoke. We saw such bows being used during hand and ox plowing in the Ethiopian highlands. Oxbows bends and lakes are important in creating wetland habitats for wading birds, as happens in Rio Grande floodplain. I wonder if the term emerged when guides were first exploring best routes for 'waggon trains'? Any other ideas, or suggested alternative descriptive term?
Those moments when you’re about to leave but you turn around and the sun looks so fantastic you need to head back into the garden. Well that happened this evening at Sudbury. Bathed in winter sun this restoration style mansion looks particularly radiant. •
Scattered across our gardens you’ll find temples and towers; decorative buildings whose primary purpose is to please the eyes of those who wander by. For this week’s #NTchallenge we want you to head out and capture *fantastic follies* in all their architectural glory. To take part, just add the #NTchallenge hashtag to your photos from today until Monday. Only photos uploaded to Instagram from now until Monday are eligible - any photo taken and tagged is eligible to be posted (along with the copy) on our Instagram channel and our other social channels: Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Watch out on Monday for the winner and five runners up. No prizes, this one’s just for fun! We’ll start things off with this photo of the Temple of Apollo at Stourhead by James Dobson. #NationalTrust
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Have you ever worked on a farm? Many years ago, family friends moved from London and bought a farm in Wales. A small holding with 2 cows, a couple of goats, chickens, geese and lots of doggies 🐶
The cows and goats were hand milked, there were eggs to be collected each day and lots of feeding to be done. They were quite self-sufficient, growing vegetables and making cream, cheese and yoghurt with the milk from the cows and goats.
During my visits to them I learned to milk the cows (and goats) by hand. Yep, with my own little hands, twice a day. It was hard work and, sitting at the back end of a large cow with your head pressed up against her, is quite an experience, believe me 😆
After learning these skills, my mum and I would look after the farm so that our friends could go on holiday and they were some of the best days of my life 🥰
Got Jonny National Trust membership for Christmas (👵🏼👴🏼) so we hit up Cragside this morning and spent: 5% of our time getting us all in and out the car, 20% prising baby wellies back on, 3% in the playground and 72% in the café bribing these two with pom bears and satsumas so they wouldn't try and grab our jacket potatoes.
Didn't see in the house or gardens or nuffin but I've heard it's nice 😂
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In 1957 James de Rothschild bequeathed Waddesdon to the National Trust, and two years later his widow, Dorothy, oversaw the opening of the House to the public.⠀
There have been many changes over the past 61 years, and as we celebrate the National Trust's 125th birthday, we'd love to hear your memories of Waddesdon over the years #HappyBirthdayNT
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