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On or Off?


Since the events list for Spring/Summer published last month exhorting volunteers to “get-together”, the Trust has detailed twelve further events – some are now in doubt following the Government’s intervention over the coronavirus outbreak. You will need to check on … Continue reading

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Rail against the weather


Despite the recent appalling weather conditions the Trust has managed to start on the restoration of Rail Copse – with visitor cooperation. The public have been entrusted for the first time to help with planting trees on the Estate! This … Continue reading

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DITCHED


The National Trust has ditched plastic for the annual membership card it sends out to the 5.5 million members, in favour of a paper alternative. This is part of the ten year plan announced in the Spring of 2018 to … Continue reading

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Get Together!


Get out and about as a Volunteer or Visitor. Spring into action on one of these planned events on the Estate. You will need to check on the event details before you sign up at helping.ashridge@nationaltrust.org.uk  At present there are twelve … Continue reading

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Thorny Issue


To scrub out or not to scrub out, that is the question? Vital hawthorn scrub has recently been removed by the Trust from Pitstone Hill – Buckinghamshire birders bewildered. Ring Ouzel gulley on the crown of the hill used by … Continue reading

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TREEMENDOUS TARGET


Breaking news for volunteers……..   Following the recent political debate on tree planting the National Trust has now announced plans to plant 20 million trees over the next decade as part of efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. The … Continue reading

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Scarred for Life ?


The Beacon, that great hump of chalk overlooking the Vale of Aylesbury has raised its ugly head with the erosion of the sward on the approach to the summit caused by visitors. and lately by mountain bikers – it has … Continue reading

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TREEMENDOUS – A political planting 


A promise to plant trees can be a political turning point – mass planting of trees has always been political. Now some want to be liberal, planting sixty million trees a year, others more conservative at thirty million, while others … Continue reading

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High Point


In the middle of the last century some long suffering professionals trudged up hill and down dale to create a measurement of the land by “triangulation” , now superseded by GPS – the global positioning system. They were masters of … Continue reading

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The Haunted Hut


The origins of Halloween are in the Celtic pagan festival Samhain, when the boundary between the two worlds thinned – the here and now and the afterlife. That’s why it’s supposed to be a bit s-s-s-poooky. It marks the end … Continue reading

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