HS2 will start construction in 4 years

Good design of HS2 needs more than convenient window-dressing

At long last, some of Britain’s top designers are coming together today to create a set of design principles for HS2. Filled with grand and laudable aspirations, the HS2 Ltd press release publicising the event and subsequent report talks of: “A gold-standard high speed railway,” “Making the country proud,” and, “The benchmark to which others…

Parks in peril?

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Harry Bowell, Regional Director for the National Trust, writes about the National Trust’s new partnership with Sheffield City Council to explore new ways of financially supporting the city’s public parks and green spaces. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Big Lottery Fund and Nesta through their Rethinking Parks programme,…

HS2 will start construction in 4 years

Government response to Environmental Audit Committee ‘HS2 and the Environment’ report

The Environment Audit Committee (EAC) today published the Government response to its recommendations for HS2. The National Trust is disappointed to see most of the recommendations have been rejected. (read full document here) No ‘net gain’ for biodiversity The EAC had recommended that HS2 Ltd needed to be more ambitious than its policy to ensure…

Europe's largest electricity generating waterwheel

From a Waterfall to a Cup of Tea, thanks to Britain’s Largest Electricity Generating Waterwheel

How do you power a tea room using a waterfall? Here at the National Trust we’ve found the solution, and it combines historic technology with twenty-first century innovation. At Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall in Wales, Europe’s largest electricity generating waterwheel is producing enough clean, green energy to power the whole site. Caught on camera…