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…

What does a climate resilient organisation look like?

Public consciousness about mitigating against climate change is at an all-time high, as extreme weather events become more common, Extinction Rebellion brings parts of London to a standstill, Greta Thunberg raises her voice above the noise, and the Committee on Climate Change maps our path to net zero by 2050. But what are we going to do about the…

Our reaction to EFRA and EAC reports on the draft Environment Bill

Today, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee released their report after their scrutiny of the draft Environment Bill. It follows the Environmental Audit Committee’s report on the draft Bill. Our Head of Government Affairs, Georgina Holmes-Skelton, gives her reaction below; “The EFRA and EAC reports show the growing consensus that the draft Environment Bill…

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…