Places that Matter and How to Protect Them

Our thoughts on the Protecting Community Assets Inquiry Interim Report from our Head of Government Affairs, Georgie Holmes-Skelton What’s your favourite place near to where you live? I live in Reading, and mine is the Abbey ruins. Nestled between the river Kennet and Forbury Gardens with its famous lion statue, this is the site of…

Making public goods pay – new research shows that £3 billion minimum is needed for nature friendly farming

Today, alongside the RSPB, and The Wildlife Trusts – we have published landmark independent research on future agriculture policy – Paying for Public Goods from Environmental Land Management. This research suggests that at least £2.9 billion is needed to support farmers and land managers to play their part in helping to meet existing UK commitments…

National Trust at the party conferences

This year, the Trust is running events at the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative Party Conferences on the crisis facing our parks and green spaces, and how we can unlock their full benefits. Parks and green spaces are at the heart of our communities. They’re our outdoor play areas, community sports pitches, places to meet…

Why do we need conservation covenants?

As I write, I’m looking out of my home office window and up at the rolling Malvern Hills. I grew up in this part of the world, learning how the hills inspired the likes of Edward Elgar, J R R Tolkein and C S Lewis. A couple of evenings ago I saw a wheatear, on…