Nature & outdoors

Inspiring a generation

Nature watching © Ian Shaw

Nature watching

The great outdoors

Our Natural Childhood project has found that children are losing touch with the outdoors, so we're looking at ways in which we can better engage children with nature and encourage a generation of kids outside.

We’re working in partnership with a number of different organisations to create a movement to connect children and nature.

Inspiring a generation

50 things: Hold a scary beast © Ian Shaw

50 things: Hold a scary beast

50 things to do before you're 11¾

We launched our campaign in a bid to reconnect kids with the outdoors and nature in 2012. We asked more than 1,700 kids to vote on their top outdoor activities and reasons why, and then set about finding the ultimate places where they could be enjoyed. 50 things to do before you're 11¾ is a list of outdoors challenges for children and an online resource for families.

Inspiring a generation

Our Kids' Council © National Trust/Mischief PR

Our Kids' Council

Kids' Council

We're working with a team of children who can tell us a thing or two about how to have fun in the great outdoors. Our council is made up of 10 children who are experts in their field (or rather, having fun in our fields, and trees, and parks...)

Ash dieback

A veteran Ash tree

A veteran Ash tree

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

Our views on...

  • ...badgers

    Our position on the ongoing debate about how we tackle the population of badgers.

  • ...shooting

    Aware of the importance of countryside traditions, we are happy to consider shoots on our land.