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Praise for Hadrian's Wall volunteers

The volunteers who help make Hadrian's Wall accessible to visitors are being thanked this week. Credit: PA

National Trust volunteers who work along Hadrian's Wall have been thanked for their hard work with a special viewing of some rare work by Northumberland engraver Thomas Bewick.

Thomas Bewick, who was born in Northumberland, helped pioneer print illustrations in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The event is part of National Volunteer Week, which is being marked across the country.

Heather Cook, from the National Trust, praised the "skills" and "passion" that volunteers bring to Hadrian's Wall.


Northumberland tree is officially tallest in the UK

Cragside's Scots Pine Credit: National Trust

A 140 year old Scots pine growing at the National Trust's Cragside in Northumberland has been officially declared the tallest in the UK.

At forty metres tall it's the same height as 10 double-decker buses stacked one on top of the other - It was one of seven million trees and shrubs planted in the second half of the 19th century at the estate


£1.5m investment at Gibside

Project Manager Phil Bolam and Property Manager Mike Wilkes at new car park site at Gibside Credit: Barry Pells

The National Trust is to invest one and a half million pounds improving facilities at the Gibside estate near Rowlands Gill in Gateshead.

The announcement comes just weeks after the Trust pledged an investment of £650,000 at Housesteads Roman Fort.

Visitor numbers at Gibside have increased from 60,000 to 166,000 in the past ten years.

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