With most of the North Devon team entertaining visitors to the Woolsery Show and to our wide range of events this week – on tractor and trailer rides, activity days at Watersmeet, rockpool rambles and mini beast safaris – I have been busy in other ways. Monday saw the presentation of our 3 year business plan – supporting all the events and more – followed by an inspiring trip to the opening of the Trust’s new Outdoors shop at Cheddar. And yesterday I took part in a working group developing the Trust’s essential systems for managing our properties itno the future. The bonus of this was the location. Although I learnt of Hardwick Hall at school I had never visited, so it was a real treat to be able to admire this stunning Elizabethan house and its grandeur, and how the Trust is bringing it to life. Well worth a visit !