How do we join up nature policy? Part 1: 8 key questions

Nature is in troubling decline – the word ‘freefall’ may not be inappropriate – particularly when it comes to the loss of wildlife. To achieve the aim of restoring and protecting our natural environment, we’ll need to think and act big. At the National Trust, we’re no strangers to this. We aim to play our…

The day nature friendly farmers took over Stormont

Our Northern Ireland External Affairs Consultant Victoria Magreehan reports back on an inspiring day at Belfast’s Parliament buildings. In our work to restore nature throughout the countryside, we are really clear that we don’t and can’t do it alone. A big part of my role in the National Trust team in Northern Ireland is partnership…

Recognising the history within the habitat

Our environment and landscapes are rich and multifaced. They are the products of interactions between man-made and natural features over thousands of years. It is therefore important to take a balanced approach to managing both natural and historic features, and seeking to protect and enhance both can be mutually beneficial for both of these aspects…

Government report shows the UK is set to miss biodiversity goals. How can we turn this around?

While eyes turn inwards to the focal point of Westminster this week, the Government dispatched a (metaphorical) passenger pigeon to the United Nations carrying its report on its progress against international wildlife (biodiversity) targets. Like the ill-fated passenger pigeon (which, at the hand of hunting, went from the world’s most numerous bird to globally extinct…

Let’s make environmental commitments a reality through new farm support system

On Thursday 14th March, our Outdoors and Natural Resources Director, Patrick Begg, spoke at the Westminster Forum on Food Nutrition. Below is what he had to say on making the Governments’ environmental commitments a reality. Today I spoke at the Westminster Forum on Food Nutrition on what we’ll need for Government environmental promises to become…

Why George Monbiot is both right and wrong about ‘cold and alienating’ language – guest blog

This blog was originally posted by Green Alliance and is written by James Elliott, Policy Adviser at Green Alliance. James references our joint Natural Markets project; we published our latest report last week. George Monbiot today wrote an excellent twitter thread criticising the ‘cold and alienating’ language we routinely use when talking about ‘the environment’.…