Rank #1: 13: Gardens of the National Trust: Stowe
In this episode of the National Trust Podcast, we’re at Stowe. We marvel at the unbroken views and ornate temples of this Capability Brown inspired landscape, while digging into the past to understand the people and the politics that have given Stowe its distinctive style and character
Aug 31 2017
Rank #2: 34: Authors of the National Trust: Agatha Christie at Greenway
Agatha Christie called Greenway in Devon 'the loveliest place in the world' and treasured it as a holiday home for her and her family. In this episode James Grasby explores house and gardens that inspired some of Poirot and Miss Marple’s most famous tales.
Jan 25 2018
Rank #3: 23: Wales' Seaside Butterflies
Meet Sabine Nouvert, a National Trust Ranger in Beddgelert who’s been working on a rather unusual project: conserving seaside butterflies in inland Wales!
Nov 09 2017
Rank #4: 22: Walks of the National Trust: Beddgelert
Episode 5 of the National Trust Podcast heads to picturesque Snowdonia in North Wales. Join Kate in the village of Beddgelert, located at the base of Mount Snowdon and a gateway to some of the UK’s most exciting walks. Find out how the Trust is making some of this spectacular landscape more accessible.
Nov 02 2017
Rank #5: 24: The Tale of Two Dragons
You’ll be familiar with the red dragon that proudly adorns the Welsh national flag. But how did it get there and what’s its significance? All will be revealed…
Nov 16 2017
Rank #6: 15: The Sleeping Wood
In this mini episode, we explore ‘The Sleeping Wood,’ a secluded, disorientating and illicit corner of the gardens at Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Listen and find out the secrets and mysteries that still linger in its winding paths today.
Sep 14 2017
Rank #7: 53: A Winter Garden in Wales
This week we’re in the foothills of Snowdonia National Park for a crisp winter stroll through the world-famous Bodnant Garden.
Join us to explore dramatic waterfalls, romantic dells and towering trees, and hear from the gardeners who care for this exotic and ever-changing landscape.
Find out more about this horticultural gem: nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden
Dec 06 2018
Rank #8: 16: Gardens of the National Trust: Mount Stewart
This week we’re at the uniquely exotic Mount Stewart, County Down. Described as the ‘scratch and sniff’ garden, Mount Stewart is a multi-sensory experience that is not to be missed. In this episode we explore the style, motivation and vision of the garden’s creator, Edith, Lady Londonderry, and learn about the ingenious techniques the Trust is using to keep her garden legacy alive today.
Sep 21 2017
Rank #9: 59: Caring for the country’s rarest plants
This week we’re at the Trust’s most secretive location: the Plant Conservation Centre.
Join us as we go beyond the locked gates of this well-guarded site to find out how we protect our rarest and most historically-significant species of plant. Along the way we’ll brush shoulders with famous trees that have lined the pages of literature, and try our hand at grafting.
Mar 07 2019
Rank #10: 60: The Juicy Details of Apple Grafting
This week we’re at the annual apple grafting weekend at Cotehele. We’ll uncover the mysteries of apple grafting and learn how you can grow your very own Crimson Queen, Pendragon and even a Pig’s Nose. All will be revealed in this mini episode.
Mar 21 2019
Rank #11: 43: Patterns and Politics: William Morris at Red House
We’re at Red House in South East London, once home to one of Britain’s most celebrated designers of the 20th Century, William Morris. Famous for his iconic floral wallpaper designs, Morris’s prints and patterns are still in fashion today. But his story doesn’t end there – among other things, he was also a poet and a political figure - fascinated with all things medieval. Join us to explore the house where Morris’s creativity blossomed, and uncover the intriguing twists and turns in the life of this prolific printmaker.
Aug 02 2018
Rank #12: 37: Chippendale at Nostell Priory
In the first episode of the new series, we’ll explore how the rich owners of Nostell used furniture, architecture and interior design to elevate their status. At the centre of the story is a local man named Thomas Chippendale, known today as "The Shakespeare of Furniture”. Through exploring his exquisite craftsmanship and the magnificent interiors that he designed and sourced - we get to know a man of talent, ambition and business nous.
May 03 2018
Rank #13: 26: Formby's Red Squirrels
In this mini episode, we accompany Formby’s squirrel feeders on their morning rounds, as we learn of the challenges they face maintaining the area’s red squirrel population.
Nov 30 2017
Rank #14: 48: A Walk Through Ancient Wetlands
We’re at Wicken Fen in East Anglia for a walk through the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve.
We’ll set off on foot, exploring the multi-use trails that allow easy access to this other-worldly landscape, before venturing down the narrow waterways on boat. Along the way, we’ll discover how a place created thousands of years ago is still providing a crucial home for thousands of animals, birds and plants today.
Oct 04 2018
Rank #15: 41: Walking with wildlife in Northumbria
We’re off to the Northumberland coast this week for a bracing and beautiful walk along Long Nanny beach. Join ranger Kate Martin as she strolls over sand dunes and past a freshwater stream, exploring the wildlife that calls this spectacular shoreline home. Learn to identify the birds that breed here each year – including ringed plovers and rare little terns - and hear from the dedicated staff who camp out under the stars to protect them.
Jul 05 2018
Rank #16: 36: Greenway's Literary Legacy
In this Episode, James Grasby meets Greenway's writer in residence, Roselle Angwin, and Community Involvement Officer, Carly Mays, to learn how the former holiday home of crime-writing extraordinaire, Agatha Christie, continues to inspire writers today.
Feb 08 2018
Rank #17: 44: Secrets of a Design Icon: Exploring the home of William Morris
In this mini episode, we’ll discover the secret creations hidden behind a wardrobe in William Morris’s former home.
Aug 16 2018
Rank #18: 62: Memories from Ned’s Mountain
In this mini episode, we’re back at Divis and the Black Mountain to meet Ned Clarke who has walked on the mountain for thirty years. Hear what it’s like to live side-by-side with these giants and discover how the mountain has been an escape in times of trouble. Listen to Ned’s moving story in the final episode of this series.
Apr 18 2019
Rank #19: 47: Memories of Glendurgan
In this mini episode we meet one of Glendurgan’s longest-serving volunteers. Sylvia describes her memories of this special place - from navigating the mind-boggling maze as a child, to sharing her love of the garden with visitors today.
Sep 20 2018
Rank #20: 61: Battling the elements on Divis Mountain
In the penultimate episode of this series, we take a bracing walk with ranger Kate Martin as she battles against howling winds and biting rain to the summit on Divis Mountain, 1,500 feet above Belfast. As we cross this wild landscape we’ll discover blanket bogs that are as dangerous as they are healing, ruins that hold the secret to 2,000 years of life and death, and awe-inspiring views of the city and hills beyond.
Apr 04 2019