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Celebrating the best of British at Killerton

Celebrating the best of British at Killerton

As British Food Fortnight gets into full swing, Catering Manager David Ashford gives us an insight into how the team at Killerton make the most of local produce, and how they’ll be celebrating all things food with some exciting events at the estate.

We’ve a real mix of dining here at Killerton, with Killerton Kitchen as our full service bistro-style restaurant, and the Stables Café serving traditional National Trust dishes. We’re also about to open our very own delicatessen, for people wanting to grab a quick bite as they explore the estate.

We have 18 farms across our 6,500 acre estate, with two of these providing the bulk of our produce - Burrow Farm and Ashclyst Dairy. We have a great relationship with the farms and work collaboratively with them when creating a new menu; this way produce can be made to our own specifications rather than just using what they have[...] read more

Progress, projects and making every penny count

As Director of Finance, I’ve been at the helm of the National Trust for 18 years and it’s fair to say that things have changed considerably in that time. My early years in the role involved restructuring the department, centralising processes and building a strong team to implement new ways[...] read more

National Trust partners with CIOB to host free surveying workshops

Surveying forms a huge part of our work here at the National Trust, and in light of our recent research, we recognised a need to raise awareness and knowledge around this particular area.

Using this information as our starting point, we’ve created and implemented a number of free events, in partnership[...] read more

Opportunities in Cumbria: the only National Trust pub is recruiting

As the only pub in our care, Langdale’s Sticklebarn Tavern is special to us – as it is for the thousands of visitors who return year after year. Walkers, climbers and farmers enjoy crackling fires, real ales and Lakeland food here. 100,000 hikers pass by every year and providing a[...] read more

Why insight has never been more important or powerful at the National Trust

Data at the National Trust is collected on a huge scale and right now, we’re transforming how we use data and insights to enable us to better communicate and engage with our diverse range of supporters. Having invested significantly in our infrastructure and information systems, we want to ensure that[...] read more

Why Building Surveyor Nathan chose the Trust

I joined The Trust over seven years ago, covering properties across South West Wales including Tredegar House and Dyffryn Gardens. Before joining The Trust as a Building Surveyor for South East Wales, I ran my own restoration company. I always hoped that one day it would be as good as[...] read more

Fundraising at the National Trust

We’re at the forefront of conserving and sharing some of the nation’s most special places. Fundraising currently brings in over £70 million a year and is spent entirely on projects that help to protect special places and spaces. Projects like caring for the coastline, funding apprenticeships to learn valuable heritage[...] read more

Hayley enjoys the challenge in her National Trust kitchen

I’ve always loved working with food and have worked in kitchens for years. Before joining the Trust, I was frustrated with working split shifts and struggled with the lifestyle as a mum. Starting work before school and coming home after my daughter had gone to bed meant that[...] read more

Think Surveying at the Trust is all about mansions? Think again.

As Head of Buildings for the largest building conservation organisation in Europe, I’m often asked what the job entails. I find the assumptions are generally that the National Trust has pots of money from the government, which it spends on the conservation of Downton Abbey-style mansions under the indulgent eyes[...] read more

Why Gardener Kate chose to work at the Trust over a private garden

Before pursuing my childhood dream of becoming a gardener, I was a producer for BBC Radio Four for 13 years. I went back to college to do my RHS and NVQ, and then did the Women's Farm and Garden Association WRAGS apprenticeship in a Rare Plants Nursery.

After volunteering[...] read more

Building Surveyor Joe Heaney talks careers at the Trust

Joe Heaney works as a Building Surveyor on a portfolio of properties in Northern Ireland. We caught up with him to discuss his early career, his current projects and his surveying plans for the future at the Trust.

Why did you choose to become a Building Surveyor?

I always had an[...] read more

What continues to attract chefs to the National Trust

After starting as a Sous Chef in Calke Abbey, Head Chef Steve tells us what continues to attract catering professionals like him to the Trust.

My advice to catering professionals considering the Trust? Throw out your preconceptions. It’s not a stuffy organisation that will look down its nose at[...] read more

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

5 reasons you should build your Surveying career at the National Trust

  1. It’s so much more than just taking care of old mansions

    Think Surveying at the National Trust is just about conserving Downton Abbey style mansions? Think again. Mansions are actually a relatively small part of our portfolio: we look after about 300 of them, alongside an incredible range of other places.[...] read more

Catering at the Trust is challenging, busy and enjoyable!

I work part time at Hardwick Hall in the restaurant, as a Food and Beverage Assistant. I’m also a full-time student, studying a BTEC diploma in Aviation Operations, in Nottingham. The Stable Yard has an excellent reputation for our homemade cakes, so if you’re planning on visiting I[...] read more

Gardening at Winkworth is a privilege

I joined the garden team at Winkworth Arboretum in October last year. I still find it amazing that one man visualised, and ultimately realised, the layout of the place and I love how he managed to enhance and add to the existing site without taking away from the[...] read more

Bringing special spaces to life through digital and social media

I’m Claire and a consultant for digital marketing in the South West. My role covers a pretty big part of the country – from Land’s End to Poole and as far north as the Cotswolds – and I set the direction for digital campaigns across the region as well as[...] read more

Rangers of the Lake Districts: repairing pathways

What’s it like to be a Ranger across some of the nation’s most outstanding and beautiful places? See for yourself…

Say hello to the Upland Rangers

Across the Lake District, teams of three or four rangers work together to form the Upland Rangers. We spend much of our year repairing high[...] read more

Head Gardener at Cotehele introduces this year's garland

Staff and volunteers at Cotehele have grown, dried and grouped 36,160 flowers to create an impressive 60ft garland. Here we speak to Dave Bouch, Head Gardener at Cotehele.

Our Gardeners and our house teams joined volunteers and members of the public at Cotehele in Cornwall to work together on the project.[...] 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