Mobilising young people in the fight to preserve cultural identity around the world

Today, the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO) are launching a new resource, ‘Trust Kids!’, a list of 25 things young people can do to explore, celebrate, preserve and share their cultural heritage.  In her annual World Heritage Day Lecture, Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chairman of INTO, warns that our intangible cultural heritage is under threat and that…

The land question

Last week I was at the launch of Shelter’s new report on New Civic Housebuilding. In a room full of housing developers, town planners and housing campaigners, I chose to ask a question about agricultural subsidies. Cue various nonplussed looks around the room. So why ask that question? The answer is twofold. Firstly, the debate about…

Nature’s restoration is an agenda for all

The Oxford Real Farming Conference takes place today and tomorrow (January 4th and 5th). Our Rural Enterprise Director Patrick Begg has been speaking at the session on rewilding and farming and sets out his thoughts on the debate below. Let’s start with some heresy: I’m sad about this but rewilding has become a loaded term…

A Greener UK

Today sees the launch of Greener UK, a new coalition of 13 organisations who’ve come together to make sure that the environment doesn’t get forgotten about as the UK sets out on a new course towards leaving the EU. Membership of the EU has had an impact on the UK’s environment. EU directives have pushed…

COP22: My reflections, lessons learned and highlights from my first COP experience

In this blog the Fit For The Future Network Manager, Chloe Hampson, shares six personal reflections from this year’s Climate Change conference, where she joined the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO) to represent the Network. The United Nations 22nd Conference on Climate Change (COP22) officially closed on Friday. With negotiations completed more quickly than in…

We all have a stake in the British countryside

Yesterday, WWF-UK, RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts and the National Trust set out our call for a new approach from the UK and devolved governments to our countryside and wildlife. At the heart of this new approach should be a new way to support farmers, one that recognises and rewards them for their role as custodians…