What is the future of Urban Heritage?

The National trust has this week published new research on the everyday built heritage in urban places. In this blog, Head of Government Affairs Georgie Holmes-Skelton reflects on this research and its findings, and considers why thinking about future of buildings may be as important as restoring their physical fabric. What makes a place unique?…

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…

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…

New nature ‘net gain’ consultation: our initial thoughts

We’ll be responding to Defra’s new consultation on biodiversity net gain. Here are a few of our initial thoughts. The UK Government has published a consultation on a mandatory system for ‘biodiversity net gain’. This means a system where developers have to fund net increases in nature when they cause harm. Development can put significant…