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    People are being encouraged to get outside and 'slow down' while enjoying the autumn colours.

  2. Fireworks blaze damages boardwalk onto nature reserve

    The boardwalk onto Roanhead, a National Trust nature reserve near Barrow, has been damaged after someone tried to burn off used fireworks.

    Firefighter in action at blaze

    Station manager Roger Exley said on social media that the fire had caused damaged to the access area and walkways to the beach area, along with the disabled access.

  3. A heck of a hit: Ash fungus dooms one third of trees

    The National Trust says it could lose more than a third of the trees in some of its Cumbrian woodlands, because of the rate at which they're being attacked by a fungus.

    The conservation charity expects to fell about eight times as many ash trees as usual, because Ash Dieback Disease is making them unsafe.

    Hand holding infected braches

    It's thought the dry spring helped the infection to flourish, at a time when less conservation work was being done because of coronavirus.

    The trust's Woodland advisor Stuart Palmer says he knew it was coming but it was still a shock.

    Quote Message: This year has been awful ... even if you know something nasty's coming, you can prepare for it in some degree but when it arrives it's still a heck of a hit." from Stuart Palmer
    Stuart Palmer
  4. South West properties in slavery and colonialism report

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    The National Trust has revealed how more than 90 of its properties have connections to slavery and colonialism.

    The links - at 93 properties - are highlighted in a report commissioned by the charity to tell the history of colonialism and slavery at its sites.

    Many in Cornwall and Devon are mentioned in the report.

    One of the most prominent mentions is Buckland Abbey (pictured), former home of Francis Drake.

    The trust describes how Drake was a privateer and slave trader, who sailed with his cousin, John Hawkins, in the 1500s, and together they captured and enslaved West African people and sold them to Spanish-owned plantations in the Americas.

    Drake owned Buckland Abbey from 1581 until his death in 1596, and his descendants owned the property until 1946.

    The conservation charity has said it is committed to sharing the histories of slavery and colonialism. It has also pledged to add to its research, and continue its work to raise awareness of such links.

    Buckland Abbey

    Other Cornwall and Devon trust properties mentioned in the report include:

    • Castle Drogo, Devon
    • Compton Castle and Greenway, Devon
    • Cotehele, Cornwall
    • Lundy, Devon
    • Saltram, Devon
    • Shute Barton, Devon
    • Godolphin, Cornwall
    • Lanhydrock, Cornwall
    • Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall
  5. No Arctic tern chicks for first time in 40 years at Northumberland site

    There were no Arctic tern chicks at a site in Northumberland after extreme weather hit the breeding season and lockdown hampered conservation efforts.

    It's the first time since 1980 that no chicks have hatched at Long Nanny near Beadnell, one of the National Trust's largest UK breeding sites for the birds.

    The season was hit by exceptionally high tides in June, made worse by strong onshore winds, which washed away half the nests.

    Many of the remaining nests were preyed on by rats and stoats as rangers were unable to provide their usual round-the-clock care due to travel restrictions imposed by lockdown.

    Arctic tern

    In recent years the birds have been watched over 24 hours a day by a team of five rangers and seven volunteers, and in 2019, more than 400 chicks fledged from nests at the site.

    Arctic terns have the world's longest migration route, returning from Antarctica each year to nest in places such as Long Nanny.

    Quote Message: It has been really sad to see our Arctic terns abandon the site, but we're hopeful they'll be back next year." from Gwen Potter Countryside manager, National Trust
    Gwen PotterCountryside manager, National Trust
  6. Stormy conditions prompt castle closures

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    High winds have led to the closure of two Derbyshire castles and several car parks in the Peak District.

    English Heritage said Bolsover Castle and Peveril Castle would be closed to visitors until further notice.

    Bolsover Castle

    The National Trust said the Woodcroft, Haywood and Wooden Pole at its Longshaw estate would also be out of action, as well as toilet facilities there.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind across the region until 18:00.