Floriade & the Gardens of HolBelgium Steam WeekendlandSteam Trains & Tulips in Holland5 days from £475Enjoy the celebrations at the Three Valleys Steam Railway Gala and a journey on the wonderful South Limburg Railway on this short break to Belgium which also takes in medieval Bruges, charming Valkenburg and the country's vibrant capital.5 days from £685Once every 10 years a town is transformed into a fabulous festival of fl owers as part of Floriade is the World Horticultural Expo. On this wonderful break we visit the event in Venlo, as well as enjoying the gardens of Keukenhof or the fl ower auctions at Flora Holland.6 days from £675From our base in Delft, we enjoy fantastic excursions visiting the renowned Keukenhof Gardens and the charming city of Amsterdam. Journey across the countryside in a restored steam train.TO BOOK CALL 01904 734328REQUEST A FREE BROCHURE, WE'RE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEKBOOK WITH 100% CONFIDENCEwww.GreatRail.comFULLY BONDED, FULLY PROTECTEDExploreThe journey is just the start of the adventureFLORIADE, BRUSSELS & BRUGESDiscover the delights of Belgium's fine capital of Brussels, explore the charming city of Bruges and enjoy a full day at the spectacular Floriade Horticultural Expo in Holland, which only takes place every 10 years.Day 1: London to Brussels. Travel from St Pancras International by Eurostar to Brussels and transfer to the 4-star Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre for four nights as our base for the tour. Day 2: Brussels. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Belgian capital, beginning with a short walk to the magnifi cent Grand Place, regarded as one of the most beautiful market squares in Europe. Continue the tour by coach to see highlights including St Michael's Cathedral, Congress Column, the Heysel district, the Royal Residence and the Houses of Parliament. The afternoon is free for exploring the city, browsing the shops and being tempted by countless Belgian chocolatiers. As evening falls there any plenty of excellent restaurants to choose for dinner, serving Flemish specialities and famous Belgian beers. Day 3: Medieval Bruges. Travel by train to picture perfect Bruges and enjoy a guided walking tour through the cobbled streets, ornate squares and by pretty canals to uncover the secrets of this historic little city. The rest of the day is free to see more highlights, including fi ne art masterpieces in the museums, galleries and churches, in particular Michelangelo's Madonna and Child in the Church of Our Lady. Climbing the church Belfry also offers fi ne views over the city. Day 4: Floriade World Horticultural Expo 2012. Travel by coach to the Dutch town of Venlo on a full day excursion to the Floriade 2012, to see the fantastic spectacle of the most exquisite and exciting fl ora, plants and trees on earth, in the gardens and displays of the ultimate fl ower show. The Expo only takes place every 10 years and is one of the world's biggest and most celebrated horticultural events, featuring 5 themed zones over 66 hectares. Day 5: Homeward Bound. Transfer to the station to board the Eurostar for the return journey to London's St Pancras International.Dates and prices are subject to availability. Prices shown are per person based on 2 sharing. Terms and conditions apply.COLLECTIONTHESHORT BREAKyou simply couldn't put such inclusive holidays togetheryourself for lessAll included in the price...Standard Class rail travel????4 nights' hotel accommodation????4 breakfasts????2 dinners????Guided tour of Brussels????Excursion by rail to Bruges, including a guided tour????Full-day coach excursion to Floriade 2012 in Venlo????Accompanied by a professional Tour Manager4 departures between 12th July and 27th September 20125 day holiday from £450
WWW.NTS.ORG.UKSUMMER 20127NEWSTaking rootTHETrust has made a good start on a project toplant 100,000 native trees at Ben LawersNational Nature Reserve. More than 50,000"sub-montane" birch, willows, rowan and alderhave already taken root on the lower slopes ofMeall nan Tarmachan as part of a plan torestore the native broadleaf woodlandhistorically found in the area, much of whichhas been lost due to management for sheepand deer. Restoring the woodland will continue toenrich the habitat, encouraging more insectsand wildlife. Visitors will appreciate the morenatural landscape that the future trees willcreate, with a mosaic of small wooded areasand open hillside. The £250,000 project, which is being fundedthrough the Scottish Rural DevelopmentProgramme, is part of a wider objective toincrease biodiversity and enhance landscapevalue at the nature reserve. Project manager Andrew Warwick said: "Thismajor investment has enabled us to take ourplans for native woodland restoration to thenext stage. The new planting will form open,fragmented woodland, on a landscape scale. "By the end of 2012, more than 100,000trees will have been planted in 75 hectares, butspread over 350 hectares of hillside, benefitingthe environment for decades to come."Welcome to your Trust news -oursummary of all that has beenhappening since the last issue as well as key events and campaigns which are in progressor coming soon.If you'd like to keep right up todate with our activities, we offer avariety of ways to stay informedand to share what's going on withyour friends and family.FacebookA great place to join theconversation and share your Trust stories with friends.www.nts.org.uk/facebookTwitterBitesize updates and up-to-theminute announcements.www.nts.org.uk/twitterNewsEmail newsletterOur monthly e-Newsletterfeatures current news, ideas onplaces to visit and much more.To join, simply visitwww.nts.org.ukand enter youremail address in the Sign Up box.Rise of the redsRED squirrels are on the increase atCrathes Estate. They were found in54 per cent of all the areas surveyedin 2011 - a big increase from 2005,when they were found to be in only26 per cent of those areas. The change has beenaccompanied by a fall in greysquirrel sightings - only 9 per centof the areas surveyed had greysquirrels, compared to 39 per centin 2005. Senior ranger Fiona Milne said:"We have been working hard toencourage reds to thrive here. Theresults of our latest monitoring showthat we are making good progress,which is excellent news."The Trust is committed to a redsquirrel conservation plan whichincludes carrying out a squirrelcensus, advocating more sensitivewoodland management, focusedgrey squirrel control and signswarning motorists that there may be red squirrels on the road. To see the full strategy, visitwww.tinyurl.com/ntssquirrel?