Ashridge, the National Trust estate on the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire border, is one of the top places in the UK to see bluebells, according to surveys. In 2016 it decided to charge visitors to see the bluebells at some of the best locations on the 5000 acre estate. Is putting a price on our ‘national… Continue reading
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Capability Brown’s Golden triumph
Capability Brown worked on many garden landscapes in England, and there’s a glittering list of day trip possibilities. These places display his creativity and his genius, but on the scale of epic poems compared to the exquisite little sonnet that is the Golden Valley. There are days throughout the year when the National Trust’ s… Continue reading →
Bluebells – we love them, but do we really value them, and all our other nature too?
It was a quiet news morning in London on Monday, April 8, 2013. Just the sort of time for the newspapers and the broadcast media to pick up the publication of a very important report, concerning the whole of Britain’s land and natural resources. And then, boom. Mrs Thatcher’s death was announced at noon, and… Continue reading →
Chart-topping walk on London's doorstep
How do you measure Britain’s most popular walks? Footpaths may look busy, but it’s very difficult to count how many people are using them. And who’s to say it isn’t the same local people taking a turn every day of the year, which would certainly build up the numbers? Truth is, the countryside is not… Continue reading →