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Warning White Cliffs of Dover threatened by developers

Wartime 'forces sweetheart' Dame Vera Lynn has added her support to a campaign to protect the future of the white cliffs of Dover.

The sale of land alongside the cliffs has prompted fears it could be sold to developers if The National Trust can't raise one million pounds to purchase it - in just three weeks time,

But is there really any risk of that? Sarah Saunders spoke to Virginia Portman from the National Trust; heard from Dame Vera Lynn and Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover.


Discovering Britain: Mottisfont exhibition recalls South's iconic landmarks

Paul Nash's poster of Kimmeridge Folly in Dorset Credit: Shell Heritage Collection

The South of England has long been a popular holiday destination - in part, because of poster campaigns run by travel and rail companies in the first half of the 20th century.

The foremost artists of the day were commissioned to depict iconic landscape images to promote escape and adventure.

Credit: Shell Heritage Art Collection

One of the companies to recognise the value of the images was Shell, who produced them as part of a highly successful advertising campaign.

Now an exhibition from their Heritage Art Collection has opened at the National Trust's Mottisfont house and gallery in Hampshire.

Rachel Hepworth reports.

The exhibition runs until the beginning of July.

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Flood damaged water mill under threat of closure

One of Winchester's most historic buildings could be under threat if doesn't receive the £125,000 needed to repair it.

Severe flooding in 2014 damaged the City Mill structurally, those who look after the building say without the money it could collapse.

The Mill is said to be popular with tourists and the city's schoolchildren. Visitors learn how water mills provided the flour that made our bread, cakes, and biscuits for centuries.

Richard Jones reports.

REPORT: Stately home ravaged by fire re-opens to public

Clandon park was ravaged by fire last year Credit: ITV news

Less than a year-and-a-half since Clandon Park House in Surrey was destroyed by fire - this weekend, visitors have been able to step inside for the first time.

The 18th century stately home was engulfed in flames in April 2015, when a fire spread from the basement to the roof. Antique furniture and textiles were reduced to ashes.

The building will be shrouded in scaffolding for several years. Our reporter, Katie Oakes, went to see how the painstaking restoration is progressing

Kate spoke to Sophie Chessum from the National Trust, Earl Rupert Onslow the former owner of Clandon Park and General Manager Alex Bush.

Valuable National Trust statue stolen

Police are appealing for the statue's return Credit: Sussex Police

Police in Sussex are appealing for the return of valuable statue which was stolen from Nymans Gardens in Handcross.

The 5' lead statue of a shepherd boy worth £20,000 was taken from the National Trust property on Thursday,1 September at around 1am. Officers believe it was loaded on to the back of a vehicle which drove off northwards.

Two people are helping police enquiries.


Who's top of the table in the Dragonfly League?

Wildlife enthusiasts in the South East are being challenged to spot as many different species of dragonfly as they can.

The National Trust is running a league table of sightings at its properties across the region.

It's hoped that monitoring the dragonflies more closely will help conservation work to boost their numbers.

Malcolm Shaw heard from Crispin Scott and Fiona Scully of the National Trust.

Uncertain future for fire ravaged Clandon Park

The National Trust says it is still unsure whether a stately home which caught fire last week will ever be restored.

Most of the rooms of the 18th century Clandon Park building near Guildford have been completely destroyed and the building left an empty shell - however one room has survived. Emma Wilkinson reports.

'Urgent action' needed to protect our crumbling coast

Urgent action is needed to protect our crumbling coastline before it's too late. That's the warning tonight after large stretches of cliff have collapsed in the past few months.

Extreme weather and rising sea levels have caused the problem, but the National Trust says we now have to take action - before the coastline we love is lost forever. Sarah Cooper reports.

Clear strategy to protect coastal areas is "urgent"

Planning to protect coastal areas from rising sea levels and extreme weather is urgently needed according to the National Trust.

Birling Gap in East Sussex experienced the equivalent of seven years of erosion this winter, leaving buildings teetering on the edge of the cliff.

Birling Gap experienced the equivalent of seven years of erosion this winter Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The National Trust say many of its sites have been 'battered' by storms and 'hit hard' by high tides this winter.

One building has been demolished as it came very close to the cliff edge Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Simon Pryor, natural environment director at the Trust said, "Hard defences will always have their place, but the winter storms that hit many coastal places hard have provided a valuable reminder that they have a limited life.

"Where we can we need to give natural processes that have formed our coast the space to work, and create areas where the coastline can realign as the sea levels rise."

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