Visitors to the idyllic, sandy beaches of the Studland peninsula near Poole in Dorset far exceed those of Lundy, totalling around one million every year. Studland is one of the last remaining areas of real lowland heathland in the country and, uniquely, all seven varieties of English reptile can be found among its flora.

Nearby, in Poole Harbour, is, picturesque Brownsea Island, which prompted the Prince Regent to exclaim in 1818: “I had no idea I had such a delightful spot in my kingdom.”

This one-time island fortress was chosen in 1907 by Major-General Robert Baden-Powell as the site for the first Scout camp, which ultimately spawned the Scouting movement. Along with the Isle of Wight (much of which is also in the Trust’s care), it is also one of the last remaining English strongholds of the rare, indigenous red squirrel.If you plan to visit this destination check at this hotel comparison sites.

While the Trust helps the red squirrel to maintain its precarious hold, it gives visitors to Carrick-a-Rede in Northern Ireland something equally precarious to cling to. The wrinkled sea crawls and crashes beneath as the daring tip-toe nervously across a swinging rope bridge that spans the main vent of a long-extinguished volcano.

And if this swinging bridge represents, quite literally, a high spot in the National Trust’s campaign to conserve our coastline and islands, then it is also true that there are no depths to which the Trust will not delve in pursuit of its goals. For as well as the “inland” Derwent Island which sits amid its azure collar in Derwentwater in the Lake District, the Trust also owns the murky bed of Wastwater, the dark, cold home of Arctic char and England’s deepest lake, check also www.europe-cities.com.

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Churchill Papers

The Heritage Lottery fund has spent £13.25 million to acquire the public and private papers of Sir Winston Churchill and to provide an endowment for the long-term care of an archive, more here.

The papers are of undoubted historical value, but would it not have been a timely and patriotic gesture by the Churchill family to have donated them to the nation?

I am so glad the Heritage Lottery Fund is being used boldly to save collections and buildings of outstanding importance. Much has been written about the money spent tb save the Churchill Papers -but surely we could not allow them to be lost abroad as so many of our other historic ollections?

Let us not lose sight, either, f other good works thanks to e Lottery Fund: £10 million iven for the purchase and endowment of 77,500 acre ar Lodge Estate, an ternationally important conservation area in the

cairngorm Mountains; 400,000 to the Museum of science and Industry in ancestor for the creation of gallery to the textile industry; and smaller grants, such as the £15,000 to Ellingham Local History society to facilitate permanent exhibitions in a new museum. National heritage comes in any sizes and at many different costs.