03 September 2012 By Billy Hawkins
Having just spent a summer visiting fantastic properties especially in and around Dorset, managed to high standards by the National Trust, I remain in awe of the work this organisation achieves.
Alitex is able to support this work through our sales from the National Trust Greenhouse Collection, where 5% from every sale is given back to the National Trust. What this means in money terms, is that in 2011, a whopping £40,000 was given back to the National Trust towards the restoration and conservation work undertaken.
The National Trust’s properties in Dorset - Korfe Castle and Brownsea Island are two perfect and differing examples of how money is spent, maintaining buildings and reserves for now, for everyone and for the future.
Korfe Castle sits on the top of a hill, visible from miles around and a real centre piece for the area and the Purbeck Isle. The National Trust has a yearlong programme of events from outdoor plays to medieval encampments and battles with Vikings. The Castle remained in the ownership of the Bankes family until 1982 when it was bequeathed as part of the Kingston Lacy and Corfe Castle Estate to the National Trust by Mr H J R Bankes. The castle has endured battles and changing family ownership over the years and exists today as a well maintained ruin of a castle which has just won third in “the most romantic castle in the UK”, competition.
Brownsea Island in the same part of the country is accessible only by ferry from Sandbanks and after a colourful history now plays host to a thriving habitat of wood, heath land and a lagoon. Red squirrels can be found here along with an exceptional range of wildlife including herons, terns, waders, ducks and dragonflies. Without the National Trust to upkeep this beautiful island, we simply would not be able to manage and conserve the very things which make it so. Even if a wealthy benefactor were to come along and buy the island – it would probably not be open to the public. Another reason to be grateful to the National Trust!
The National Trust greenhouse collection is available in six heritage colours, all of which complement the Victorian classic look of the greenhouse and are inspired by the muted colours of nature. Details of the full range are available by clicking here and remember every greenhouse sold is a worthwhile donation to British heritage.
Further information on Korfe Castle and Brownsea Island can be found on the National Trust website.