Europe and the National Trust

I’m writing this on the Tuesday evening following the referendum. Earlier this evening, Labour MPs passed a vote of no confidence in their leader by 172 votes to 40. Leading Conservatives are crowding into their leadership contest, which might all be over by September 2 (or it might not). There’ve been protests outside Parliament from…

Selfie or your connection with nature: what matters more?

Smartphone addicts take seven times more selfies than nature lovers, according to a new study by University of Derby researchers. Led by the University of Derby’s Dr Miles Richardson, the study is just the latest in a long line of research showing the benefits of nature connection. The new research, which will be presented at…

An integrated and sustainable approach for farming

With Defra currently developing their 25 year plans for food and farming, and the environment, Marcus Gilleard, Senior External Affairs Adviser, outlines why we need to put nature back on the agenda and rethink what land is for. Farmers would be the first to say they need good quality soil, clean water and lots of…

Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill – Queen’s Speech

Reacting to the announcement of Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill in the Queen’s Speech today Richard Hebditch, External Affairs Director at the National Trust said: “It sounds like there could be some positive measures around neighbourhood planning in the new Bill, but overall we’re concerned that further reforms could create more confusion and uncertainty about…