Most of the work we do is affected by wider global issues, which is why our interests extend far beyond just bricks and mortar.

Countryfile presenter Shauna Lowry visits the Aberdulais waterwheel © National Trust / Paul Harris

Countryfile presenter Shauna Lowry visits the Aberdulais waterwheel

Energy saving projects

We’re working hard to reduce our use of non-renewable fuels so the special places we care for can become as sustainable as possible. With a little help from our partners Good Energy, and lots of hard work at our various energy saving projects, such as the electric waterwheel at Aberdulais Falls, we’re hoping to meet our green energy targets by 2020.

Natural Childhood

Our research has shown that an enjoyment of nature and wildlife is an alien concept to many children, so we've committed to try and inspire a generation of children to get outside and discover just how much fun can be had with the natural world.

In this video, TV producer, Stephen Moss, explains why he believes children need outdoor play.

Connecting kids and nature

  • 50 things

    Our challenge to kids to tick off 50 must-do outdoor activities and get back to nature.

  • Family days out

    Come rain or shine, we're a great day out for families.

  • Kids' council

    When it comes to outside fun, we've recruited a team of young experts to help us get it right.

Recent issues

  • Living with a rapidly-changing coastline

    The recent storms have caused our coastline to change, and brought into stark focus the challenges facing an island nation with dynamic, evolving shores. Our report, Shifting Shores, details what we think the challenges are, and how we recommend facing them.

  • Land use & planning

    As a charity rooted in the belief that places matter to people, we see land-use planning as a key tool in the creation of great places for people to live, work and play.

  • Transport

    We have been challenging sections of the proposed route of the government's High Speed Rail 2 project, where it will impact on some of our important scientific and historic places.

  • Ash dieback

    We manage 25,000 hectares of woodland and 135 landscape sites and deep parks which include thousands of veteran ash trees and several hundred ancient ash trees over 300 years old, so the news about ash dieback is of obvious concern to us.

    Learn more about the steps we're taking and what you can do to help.