Climate change and the National Trust: weathering change from our founding to the present day

As an organisation that will soon celebrate its 125th anniversary, we’ve weathered some significant change over the years. However, the impacts of a changing climate are unlike any we have dealt with before. They pose the biggest long-term threat to the places that we care for and last week’s warnings from the IPPC make for…

Reasons to Be Hopeful – Fit for the Future

To celebrate this year’s Show The Love campaign from the Climate Coalition, Fit for the Future Network shares highlights from our members who have been delivering practical solutions to tackle climate change. Fit for the Future is a knowledge-sharing network for practitioners, who want to reduce their organisation’s energy bills and better manage their environmental…

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 – a view from the National Trust

Our Head of Nature Conservation, David Bullock, reflects on this week’s report from the Committee on Climate Change and its implications for the National Trust’s work.   Defra’s 25 year Plans for Nature and Food and Farming might be frozen post the Brexit vote, but the planet keeps warming.  This, the second report by the Adaptation…

Our Sustainability Network Scoops National Award

The Fit for the Future Network- a partnership between the National Trust and Ashden- received a huge accolade last week as it scooped a 2016 Business Green Leaders Award. The awards celebrate the green economy’s most exciting and innovative achievements from the past 12 months, and the Network was named the winner in the Employee Engagement Campaign of the Year…

Mysteries Cloaked in Mist: Invisible Innovation at a Welsh Country House

In this series of posts, Sophie McGovern explores debate and innovation around renewable energy and sustainability Plas Newydd was shrouded in mist when we arrived at 8.30 on a chilly spring morning. As well as obscuring views of Snowdonia National Park it was also concealing other mysteries. I’d travelled to the property on the Isle of…

Solar Planning and our Precious Places- the Big Debate

In this series of posts, Sophie McGovern explores debate and innovation around renewable energy and sustainability Here at National Trust we think solar PV is a fantastic renewable technology. It’s set to become the cheapest low-carbon technology based on current projections, and it is argued that solar will put a ceiling on our rising energy costs, not…