Fracking: A Joint Response to new Planning Guidance

The Angling Trust, National Trust, RSPB, the Salmon and Trout Association, The Wildlife Trusts and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust earlier this year published a major review of the risks that shale gas extraction (‘fracking’) could pose in the UK and put forward ten recommendations to address these risks. Our review concluded that fracking poses…

The south front seen from the Orchard in spring. ©National Trust Images-John Millar

Does heritage benefit the community?

Recently, a report from the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) has highlighted that the UK fails to make the most from our heritage. It begs the question of how beneficial is heritage and how should we utilise these assets? Whilst we consider our historical sites to be culturally important to us, sadly heritage is usually…

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Building a better future for Britain’s beaches

This summer if you’re spending your time in the sunshine at Sandymouth, Poldhu or another one of our many beautiful Cornish beaches- keep your eyes open for real treasure. You might spot divers, black octopuses, scuba and breathing apparatus, rigging nets… and perhaps the odd dragon. Seventeen years after the cargo ship Tokio Express’ disastrous voyage;…

Why everyone should embrace video storytelling

In this blog post Gina Richards explains why she thinks everyone should be embracing video communications… I am lucky enough to be the current video intern at the National Trust at such an exciting time – as here at the Trust we’re really starting to utilize the power of video. Now with 7 out of…

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…