Alan is a bee-man, an apiarist. He tends half-a-dozen hives near Minnowburn, where the National Trust has established one of its five allotment sites in Northern Ireland. It’s a wonderful location, sandwiched between Belfast’s River Lagan and the renowned Giant’s Ring but it’s a bit short of wild flowers to feed Alan’s bees with nectar. So the allotmenteers and National Trust volunteers have planted a native hedge of holly, hawthorn and dog rose which will help to address the floral deficit.
08 June 2012 | 13 Comments
| Recommended by 4 Lisa Nunn:
Following a rather dry December, the Devonshire skies finally opened in January as I made my ‘step outside’ as a full time garden volunteer for the National Trust at Knightshayes. I received many thoughtful messages during that week from friends and family concerned about how I must be feeling having spent my first week in wet weather. But their worries were unnecessary – working in the rain was a wonderful initiation to what is no doubt going to be a challenging yet life-affirming year ahead.
22 February 2011 | 3 Comments
| Recommended by 4 Phil Stocker:
The Soil Association's loss is the National Trust's gain. Many of you may not yet have heard that, after five years as director of food and farming – and more recently as policy adviser at the Soil Association – Helen Browning is exploring pastures new in a full time post at the National Trust. Helen has had a far longer connection with the Soil Association, as an organic farmer, trustee and even chair of Council around a decade ago.
28 January 2010 | 2 Comments
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