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Exploring the concept of ‘spaces and places to just sit and breathe’ within the National Trust.

I was interested to explore if the National Trust had any concepts surrounding ‘spaces and places to just sit and breathe’ which is the main concept for my short timelapse for the induction project for the Local Context project.  A Google search of time, space and breathing for the National Trust bought up this interesting link, in which the Trust are hosting a photography competition specifically looking for the celebration of open spaces and places to relax.  The quote below is from the site and explains in detail what the National Trust competition judges are looking for.

“Breathing Spaces

This category celebrates open spaces and the places where we love to relax and enjoy the feeling of well-being. It could be that people are the subject of your photography or it could be animals or plants; perhaps a landscape – a wide vista or a favourite hideaway.

The judges will be looking for those images that express peace, contentment and enjoyment.

You can enter your photographs of Trust properties freely into the competition, but your entries can be of any open space or green location.”


I also found it really interesting that the National Trust has a specific set of awards (The Octavia Hill Awards) that are dedicated to ‘green champions’, local hero’s, green space guardians and the like.  It was always my opinion in the past that the National Trust was about preserving stately homes and ‘old things’.  It never occurred to me, perhaps naively, that they had a vast interest in conservation of green spaces and our coastlines.  In fact I often wondered why they would have purchased such places as Crantock Beach in Newquay, or Bedruthan Steps as they had nothing to preserve.  It wasnt until listening to Jon Cummings, Visitor House and Enterprise manager Trelissick, and John Lanyon, Garden Manager Trelissick, Trerice and Glendurgan in their talk about Trelissick that I realised that they seek to keep the beautiful spaces alive for all to enjoy, as opposed to allowing tourist attractions to build on the areas making them commercial sites.  The more I learn about the ethics and day to day management of the Trust properties the more I understand how they are all underpinned by the very essence of the founders intentions… “for places, for ever, for everyone”.


I also found a lovely quote from in the National Trust magazine which describes perfectly the idea of conservation as opposed to preservation.

 “Conservation is about managing the process of change, not about preserving things exactly as they are now.”  Helen Ghosh, Director General, National Trust. Bulletin, Page 16, Autumn 2014, Number 133