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…

What is the future of Urban Heritage?

The National trust has this week published new research on the everyday built heritage in urban places. In this blog, Head of Government Affairs Georgie Holmes-Skelton reflects on this research and its findings, and considers why thinking about future of buildings may be as important as restoring their physical fabric. What makes a place unique?…

Net Zero by 2050 commitment – our reaction

Reacting to the news that that the UK Government has committed to enshrining in law a commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Patrick Begg, Outdoors and Natural Resourced Director at the National Trust, said: “It’s great that the Government has committed to setting a date for net zero emissions. One of the things…