We’re really excited to celebrate the launch of the National Trust’s latest title – Wild Escapes by Sian Anna Lewis!
Wild Escapes: Incredible Places to Unwind and Explore is a captivating book that invites readers to embark on a journey through some of the most amazing wild escapes in the UK. Sian is the award-winning travel writer and creator of ‘The Girl Outdoors’ blog, and she offers a comprehensive guide to beautiful destinations where you can simply switch off for a while, including tips on local walks and watering holes on the doorstep. Through its pages you can journey to 40 unforgettable getaways in Britain’s wildest corners, from floating cabins to miniature castles, tree pods to moored boats. Lose yourself in cosy reading nooks after a day hillwalking in the Peak District, go foraging in Yorkshire’s woodlands, or warm up by the campfire after taking a dip in coastal Cornish waters. Stay in the heart of Wales’ myths and legends.. and yes there’s a Dorset option too (hint: you can pitch up at the birthplace of scouting). With spectacular photography on every page, just reading Wild Escapes is an escape in itself.
To celebrate the release of Wild Escapes on May 11th, we’re giving away bundles of all the National Trust’s brand new spring titles! Wild Escapes is top of the bundle, of course, but winners will also receive:
- Nature’s Wonders by Jane Adams
Yes, the BV’s very own wildlife writer (see what we thought of Nature’s Wonders here). With a mix of evocative writing, beautiful photographs and facts that are too good to keep to yourself, this book explores 50 magical moments that define our seasons. It’s an inspiring guide to connecting with the nature around you and seeing how it changes through the year. There’s butterflies, blossom and bluebells. There’s foxgloves, flying ants and fungi. There’s snow, seedheads and shadows. You’ll discover how many miles an hour spring moves, how spiders can heal us and how woodpeckers help to protect sensitive technology.
- Grow by Robyn Booth
This beautifully illustrated book is a modern, fresh take on gardening that shows how anyone can grow their own vegetables, create a mini wildflower meadow or learn how to make the most of their houseplants. And you don’t need your own garden to get started. Creating a thriving window box, choosing suitable plant pots for a desktop oasis or joining a local community garden are perfect ways to experience the joys of gardening.
- Gardens of the National Trust by Stephen Lacey
The definitive guide to hundreds of Britain’s most outstanding gardens, in the care of the National Trust. The text and pictures have been fully updated, several gardens have undergone major redevelopment since the previous edition, while others have expanded the acreage open to visitors. Extensive tree planting, including reinstating a lost eighteenth-century avenue at Dyrham Park and recreating the pear tree arch at Rudyard Kipling’s home, Bateman’s, are just a few of the new and exciting additions to this classic guide to Britain’s most outstanding gardens.
- A Good Appetite by Jenny Chandler.
Packed with brilliant bite-sized guides to everything from eating with the seasons, batch cooking and the best ways to use your freezer to foraging and growing some of your own food, this book is all the practical information and recipes you need for making the way you shop and cook more planet-friendly.
- Nature Poems by Deborah Alma
A carefully selected anthology about britain’s nature, there are celebrated poems by the greats – Keats, Yeats, Tennyson, Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti, Philip Larkin, Sylvia Plath, John Masefield, Robert Burns, Dylan Thomas – as well as contemporary poets whose work you will want to seek out and explore further, including Carol Anne Duffy, Simon Armitage and Jean Sprackland.
- Positively Green by Sarah LaBrecque
An informative and captivating guide to sustainable living, Positively Green provides advice on how to reduce your environmental impact, while easing climate anxiety and boosting mental wellbeing. From changing how you clean your home to putting food impacts into perspective, this book is the perfect resource for those wanting to limit their effect on the environment and reduce climate-based worries.
Together the book bundles are worth £100 – and we have THREE to give away! To be in with a chance to win one of the National Trust book bundles, just answer the first three questions in the widget box below. There are more chances to win by completing the other entry options if you so wish – they’re entirely up to you! The closing date for this competition is 1st June 2023 and only entries received on or before that date can be included. The prize will go to the first three randomly chosen entries. Good luck!Win 1 of 3 £100 National Trust book bundles!