After White Cliffs of Devon, it’s Time to Save the British Pudding

National Trust, the nonprofit organisation that looks after around 250,000 hectares of countryside, 720 miles of coastline, and numerous historic places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is now on a mission to save the great British pudding.

After Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, asked people in the UK to support traditional British pudding recipes over foreign counterparts, the non-profit has also joined the cause and will be launching an autumn pudding campaign. The organisation will be offering a free pudding treat for the entire October of 2012 at chosen cafes and restaurants to encourage British travellers to be patriotic to their puddings.

Earlier, in an interview with Farmers Weekly, Owen Paterson, said, ‘There is a huge dessert deficit in this country. We have a huge opportunity to replace imported desserts with desserts made here.’

Paterson has asked the British people to shun desserts made from foreign dairy products, such as creme brulee and panna cotta, for traditional desserts, such as apple crumble, treacle tart and spotted dick.

Clive Goudercourt, the development chef for the National Trust, said, ‘We pride ourselves on baking our own food using the best of British ingredients, many grown on National Trust estates and farms.

We hope our delicious, home-cooked puddings will inspire people to choose traditional recipes and celebrate Britain’s best food across the seasons.

British, seasonal food is tastier, fresher and more nutritious. It is better value, better for the environment and better for your wallet.’

A recent poll conducted by the organisation highlighted that 48% of respondents favoured traditional Apple Pie or Blackberry Crumble as their favourite pudding.

White Cliffs of Dover Campaign gets Celebrity Endorsements

The National Trust, the charitable organisation that takes care of around 250,000 hectares of countryside, 720 miles of coastline, and numerous historic places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has announced celebrity endorsements of its restoration of the White Cliffs of Dover, the cliffs that form part of the British coastline on the English Channel.

Dame Judi Dench, Joss Stone, Ben Ainslie and Rick Stein have joined the campaign conducted by the National Trust to raise £1.2 million to acquire a stretch of the Dover coastline.

Soul singer Joss Stone, a native of Dover, said, ‘I love Dover and the White Cliffs. They mean so much to me and I hope that the National Trust raises enough money to buy the land for future generations to enjoy.’

Fiona Reynolds, the director-general of the National Trust, said, ‘In just one month, thousands of people have backed our appeal and we’ve raised almost half of the money needed.

This tremendous support shows the love we as a nation have for our special places – thank you to everyone who has contributed. We now need to keep going to make sure we reach the target and secure this piece of coastline forever.’

The funds generated from the campaign will be used to conserve the coastal areas, improve habitat for local wildlife, and offer public access to the White Cliffs for future generations. The cliffs are home to a rich biodiversity, which includes wildlife such as the Adonis blue butterfly, rare coastal plants that include the oxtongue broomrape and sea carrot, and birds including the skylark and peregrine falcon.

National Trust Announces Fundraiser for White Cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover, the cliffs forming part of the British coastline on the Strait of Dover, will now be taken care of by the National Trust, the charitable organisation that looks after around 250,000 hectares of countryside, 720 miles of coastline, and numerous historic places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The organisation has announced a £1.2 million fundraising project to protect the future of Dover’s White Cliffs, in Kent, England.

Fiona Reynolds, the director general of the National Trust, said of the conservation efforts, ‘Immortalised in song and literature, the White Cliffs of Dover have become one the great symbols of our nation.

We now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure their future for everyone to enjoy. If we don’t raise the money then the future of the White Cliffs is uncertain and this stretch of coastline might one day be disrupted by inappropriate management or development.’

The funds will be used to conserve the coastal areas, improve the habitat for local wildlife, and offer public access to the White Cliffs for future generations.

Historian and television presenter, Dan Snow, has offered his support for the cause, and said, ‘For me it’s simple. The White Cliffs of Dover are one of the country’s greatest and most iconic landmarks.

When I heard that the National Trust had this opportunity to safeguard this crucial stretch of the Cliffs, I thought great. It’s brilliant that they have a chance to secure this important section of the cliffs, forever, for everyone.’

National Trust members reach 4 million

Membership of the national trust has soared to four million for the first time ever.


The trust was created in 1895 when it had just one hundred members, and a years membership cost ten shillings.


The National Trust now look after an impressive 700 miles of coastline, 300 historic houses and more than 600,000 acres of land.


Membership totalled one million in 1981, two million in 1990 and reached three million in 2002.


The trust gave £120 million in support to ‘vital’ conservation projects across the whole of the UK. Around 90 million visits were made to National Trust countryside spots last year alone.


Dame Fiona Reynolds, director general of the National Trust, said: ‘Whether it’s a love for their local place, a passion for anything from surfing to fine art, or simply the joy of spending family time together – there’s clearly a growing hunger for what we have to offer.’


She added: ‘In England you are never more than 40 minutes away from somewhere looked after by the National Trust.


‘From the smallest sculleries and garden grottos to towering castle turrets and the wild expanses of Lake District countryside, the National Trust enables everyone to enjoy these beautiful, intriguing and exciting places forever.’


She said the Trust owed a ‘massive thank you’ to members for their support.

She added: ‘We were set up 116 years ago to look after special places so that they could be enjoyed by all. Clearly that founding aim remains as relevant today as it was then.’


‘Lost’ maze revealed in Buckinghamshire

A ‘lost’ maze has been revealed in the gardens at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire by the National Trust. The maze that disappeared over half a century ago, originally made for Lord Astor in 1894, has been re-created using over 1,000 two metre (six feet six inches) high yew trees.

The fully-fledged maze is based on one that was built for Lord Astor in 1894 but had ceased to be maintained since the mid-1900s.

The new maze, a horticultural project on a scale rarely seen these days, has taken two years to create, using over 1,000 metres of steel edging and 120 tonnes of gravel to produce 500 metres of path over one third of an acre. It is the same size as the world-famous Hampton Court maze.

Lord Astor’s designs for the maze were discovered in National Trust archives in 2005. Apart from a few surviving yew trees that provided the exact location of the maze, little else was known about the original maze.

The two-year project was led by Cliveden’s head gardener Andrew Mudge. He said: “Once we found the old plans in 2005 we just felt compelled to recreate it. It took a lot of research and planning to firstly draw out the plans, and to prepare the ground.

“The maze will take a little while to really establish itself and fill out, but it’s fantastic that people can enjoy it straight away. And don’t worry, you can’t cheat by pushing through the hedges because they are all enclosed by metal railings.

“And because it’s yet to appear on Google Earth, there’s no cheating using mobile phones either, so it’s a real treat for people who want to puzzle their way in and out of the maze.”

Each tree on arrival, weighed approximately 60 kilograms, and four 40 foot long lorries were required to transport them.

Mike Calnan, head of gardens and parks at the National Trust, said: “Mazes provide a perfect opportunity for people to get outdoors and to have fun exploring these rare, but important features from our gardening past. The Cliveden maze will be the most important yew maze the Trust will have restored to date.”

The Maze is a highlight in Cliveden’s ongoing renaissance to return it to its former 19th Century splendour, when the grounds were world famous for their sophisticated planting and landscaping. Other recent developments include the opening up of long lost vistas and footpaths and the re-instatement of historical planting schemes.