National Trust at the Party Conferences

Over the next few weeks our National Trust Government Affairs and Advocacy staff are attending the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative Party Conferences to take part in debates on the key public policy matters that affect our work. The National Trust is part of Greener UK, a coalition of 13 environmental and conservation organisations, united by…

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…