HS2 must leave a positive legacy for the landscape

The National Trust’s HS2 Project Team has recently submitted a response to plans for the HS2 railway in Staffordshire. The HS2 Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill is currently in Parliament and awaiting Second Reading. Included with the Bill is the Environmental Statement which assesses the environmental impacts of constructing and operating the railway…

National Trust reaction to HS2 Phase 2b route

Today the Government released more details on its preferred route for HS2 from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds along with refinements that have been made to this section of route, known as Phase 2b, following the 2013 route consultation. Our HS2 project team has begun the process of assessing the detail…

National Trust appoints specialists to protect Hardwick Hall

The National Trust has appointed landscape architecture specialists Cookson and Tickner to develop a proposal to mitigate HS2’s impact on Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, and to integrate the high speed rail line into the historic landscape. An aerial view of Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire. Credit National Trust/John Miller. The appointment has been made following a competitive…