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Gardening at Winkworth is a privilege

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 natural beauty of the landscape.

What attracted me to the role most was the opportunity it afforded me to utilise both my horticultural experience and countryside management training, as Winkworth really does sit somewhere between a landscape garden and a wild woodland. I love that a space is made for nature alongside preserving the more formal areas of the place and its spectacular – and rare – collection of trees and shrubs from all over the world.

My favourite parts of the job so far have been getting to know the arboretum, the people, history, wildlife, and our great team of volunteers, all of[...] read more

Bringing special spaces to life through digital and social media

I’m Claire and I’m the National Trust’s 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[...] 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 level[...] 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

Read our Countryside Rangers' September adventures

Introducing Rangers Nick and Craig, our friends from the Herefordshire Countryside Rangers blog. They share what they’ve been up to this September from pulling weeds to planning for 2015 – and not forgetting to find time for a cuppa and a slice of cake! Take it away, Craig!

While the fruit[...] read more

For catering work, nowhere else even comes close

Like many people, I grew up visiting National Trust properties and I remember walking round castles as a little boy thinking, ‘Wow, how do people get to work here?’ Well, I finally got my opportunity when I joined the Trust as an Assistant Catering Manager back in 2009. I’ve worked[...] read more

Writing the next chapter

In my previous blog, I wrote about how far we’ve come as a Brand and Marketing team and, in turn, as an organisation. We’ve driven real change, delivered some brilliant work, including our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ and “I oak leaf” campaigns, and achieved many[...] read more

Sharing the love of special places

The last few years have seen some very exciting changes here at the National Trust, and the Brand and Marketing team has been central to these. The big one, for me, is that we’re becoming a much more customer-facing organisation. We’ve worked extremely hard to put supporters at the heart[...] read more

Leading the digital way

In my previous blog, I wrote about how we’re using digital to build meaningful connections with supporters and members; how we’re maximising digital channels and platforms to connect people with special places.

The time has now come for me to pass the digital baton on to someone else. I was brought[...] read more

Special places in the digital world

We look after some pretty amazing places and spaces – and we look after them forever, for everyone. We want people to share our love for these wonderful places and to recognise, and enjoy, the benefits they bring to our lives. That’s why we’re constantly exploring new ways to connect[...] read more

The pace of a hotel kitchen without the split shifts and evenings

10 years ago I was working as a Retail Manager for a soft furnishings store when my husband and I started thinking about opening our own catering business, so I came to the Sizergh property as a seasonal Catering Assistant just to get a bit of professional experience in the[...] read more

Our ever-changing world

I arrived early at Baddesley Clinton and I had the rare opportunity to see the house apparently float on top of a bed of mist that was rising from the moat. It was one of those slightly magical – how lucky am I – moments, but also a moment of reflection.[...] read more

My traineeship was the best year of my life!

I decided it was time for a change of career and it wasn’t long before I stumbled across the advert for National Trust Your Future Your Hands traineeship in House and Collections. It sounded really interesting and I’ve always had a love for heritage, so I applied for the Taster[...] read more

Passports to a brighter future

I’ve always loved the outdoors and the environment, always enjoyed history and heritage. My professional background was teaching about the natural world and history in the outdoors, conceiving and delivering environmental projects, but also working with diverse groups , so when this job popped up, I had to apply. It[...] read more

A management challenge like no other

A unique business, in an unrivalled setting, for you to run, develop and grow. Being a General Manager at the National Trust is a truly incomparable management challenge. For over a century, we’ve been taking care of amazing places so that everyone can enjoy them.  While our purpose has never[...] read more

It's more than just a job...

After 35 years working at the National Trust, it’s more than just a job, it’s a part of me and who I am. I’ve always had a love of nature, history and the environment and I get to experience it all in equal measure here! I started out as a[...] read more

5,113 days with the National Trust and with every day comes a new challenge

I’ve been with the National Trust a whole 14 years and I’ve worked my way right up from a Senior Rural Surveyor post to become Head of Rural Surveying. What attracted me? Well, I’ve always had a passion for conservation and I’d studied the field with my MSc in Rural[...] read more

Looking after the nation's most precious landscapes

We look after more land in England, Wales and Northern Ireland than any other private landowner, making places and spaces accessible for all to enjoy. As you can imagine, it’s no small task. In fact, it’s a big, important challenge – one which our Rural Surveying team are at the[...] read more

Our volunteer numbers hit a new high

A record number of more than 70,000 people are now volunteering for us, according to figures released this week in our Annual Report.

This landmark figure equals the number of Games Makers that were on hand during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Volunteers support our work by performing a huge[...] read more

Change, challenge and award-winning campaigns

“How can we reach out to people who wouldn’t normally associate themselves with us? How can we show how relevant we are to them, while still staying close to our loyal supporters? We’re going through a huge organisational change to ensure that people, both in and out of the National[...] read more