Keith and Paul share their hunger for environmental solutions

Fit for the Future wins golden delicious Green Apple award

There’s not much that can drag our Welsh environmental team away from the mountains. However, yesterday evening we all made a special visit to the Houses of Parliament to attend the International Green Apple Awards. And it was worth the trip, as our Fit for the Future work was awarded the coveted ‘Gold’ Green Apple Award…

Bees’ needs and farming subsidies

There was good news for bees this week as Defra published its National Pollinator Strategy (NPS) to address the decline in the numbers of bees and other pollinators like moths and hoverflies. The National Trust is aiming to do its bit to help but questions remain about the impact of wider policies on pollinators, which…

Politics of planning

At the National Trust’s AGM on Saturday, our outgoing Chairman Sir Simon Jenkins – as he bids farewell to members – will give his views on the current state of the planning system. His thoughts have also been reported this week in the Telegraph, Guardian, and Daily Express. Sir Simon comments on the positions of different political…

Green carpet award ceremony for National Trust environmental stars

Environmental stars from the National Trust got the chance to walk the green ‘grass’ carpet at a glitzy award ceremony this month at Anglesey Abbey. Miranda Campbell, our environmental advisor for the East of England, writes: Unsung environmental heroes were finally recognised at the first ever National Trust regional Environmental Awards, held last night at Anglesey…

Labour’s policy on infrastructure planning

Today a consultation closes on how Labour propose to change the system we have for planning long-term infrastructure need in the UK. Sir John Armitt, the Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, has been drawing up proposals for the party, and the National Trust has been commenting on these. This matters to us because, whether…

National Trust reaction to ‘Rebalancing Britain’ report

Sir David Higgins’ ‘Rebalancing Britain’ report published on Monday recommends the continued use of the ‘Y route’, and while the National Trust remains significantly concerned by route and its impact on special places, we welcome the improved certainty that this recommendation brings. Given that the route consultation that ended in January 2014 was on the ‘Y…