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…

Taking Charge of Change – Fit for the Future annual harvest event

More than 130 environmental practitioners from organisations including Historic England, Manchester University, Cancer Research UK, Historic Environment Scotland, RSPB, National Trust and Guide Dogs came together on October 17th at the Law Society in London for Fit for the Future’s annual members conference, The Network Harvest. Fit for the Future is a collaborative environmental network…

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…

Our 50th renewable energy programme installation

We’re celebrating the completion of the 50th renewable energy installation through the Renewable Energy Investment Programme. This is a massive milestone in achieving our ambitious target to generate 50% of the Trust’s energy needs from renewables by 2020. Climate change is affecting the places we love. By harnessing the power of nature and exploring renewable…