From fashion student to globetrotting gardener in Japan

Our exciting new Triad project gives gardeners the opportunity to spend four months in three of the world’s leading gardens. Rhiannon was one of the lucky recruits chosen to jet off on the global gardening adventure. We caught up with her in Japan to discuss her experience so far.

I studied[...] read more

A global adventure for a student Gardener

Here at the National Trust, we look after the greatest collection of historic garden and garden plants under single ownership in Europe, if not the world. From conifers and culinary herbs to Chinese shrubs and cherry blossoms, our garden plants stem from all corners of the globe. And what better[...] read more

Educational fun and games at Ightham Mote

I started at Ightham Mote, a medieval moated manor house, as an Intern with the education department in February. I originally approached them for volunteering work back in December as a great way to support my Masters course at university in Museums and Galleries in Education.

I helped the education department[...] read more

Beyond Bantham... Surfing South Devon with the National Trust

It may not always feel like it, but here in South Devon we have some excellent surfing beaches. Some of the rangers here (including me) are passionate surfers too, so we felt it was about time we highlighted just some of the surfing possibilities on offer…

Although the National Trust may[...] read more

Attingham Park: The Exhibition Set Up

As you may have read in Andy’s last post, the exhibition is up and running! So I thought I’d put up some photos to show you some of the hard work done by the team that has gone into planning, researching and finally installing the exhibition.

So after weeks[...] read more

Curveballs and Care of Collections at Chastleton!

On Tuesday 6th March ten "Passport to your Future" trainees from all over the country headed to Heelis for “moving to employment” and Housekeeping training. The career development day focused on all important CV writing and how to sell yourself to possible employers- celebrity style! Emma and Sian gave us[...] read more

Meeting Queen of the Castle - trainee Sarah Johnson

After much anticipation and excitement as well as a good deal of nerves my first day at Castle Drogo arrived. The excitement has grown each and every day, the nerves have all but disappeared as the whole team have been so supportive and made me feel at home. My feet[...] read more

Experience Baddesley Clinton with trainee John Lavelle

Hello, my name is John Lavelle, I have just started the second year passport in visitor experience at Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire.

I have had a very varied past, having worked in construction, warehouses, bars and nightclubs and the royal mail. None of these jobs left me feeling fulfilled, they were[...] read more

Back to Back with Husnara Bibi

Looking back on my first two weeks

Cupboards, doors, cellars, steep stairs, crooked stairs, more stairs, secret passageways, the smell of coal fires and burning candles; this was my first impression of the Birmingham Back to Backs.

A unique property hidden in the heart of England’s burgeoning second city, the Back to[...] read more

Up, close and personal with Killertons finest - trainee Charlie Critchley

Hello everyone, I’m Charlie and at present I am working at two National Trust properties: Killerton in Devon and Trerice in Cornwall. I am a trainee on the Heritage Skills Passport training program based at both properties. Killerton is a house that has split personalities. The first floor is about[...] read more

An interns tale - Sophie from South Devon Countryside

South Devon Countryside recently lost its first internship. This is a tale of success rather than failure though with Sophie our first ever internship moving to pastures new, from intern to permanent ranger for the National Trust in one giant leap. For anyone considering whether a National Trust internship is[...] read more