National Trust Policy & Advocacy blog

Laws and decisions made by parliament and government can impact our ability to care for special places. This blog explores the landscapes, coastline and places we love, against the backdrop of the big issues that could affect their future and how we’re playing our part to protect them.

This blog is written by National Trust's Government Affairs & Advocacy department National Trust's Government Affairs & Advocacy department
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16 Mar 2021

Calling for net zero 'plus'

Published: 16 March 2021

New research by the Environment Agency supports our approach to tackling climate change. The Agency's research again shows that a degree of change is inevitable. That's why, as well as reducing our emissions and capturing more carbon in our land, we're adapting the way we look after places to better protect and heal them from the impacts of climate change.

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2 Feb 2021

Dasgupta report launches

Published: 2 February 2021

A 600-page report on ‘The Economics of Biodiversity’ was launched today (2 February) by Partha Dasgupta at the Royal Society. Partha has been working with an expert team in treasury to tackle the gnarly issue of how to include nature in the economic balance sheets that so often determine decisions.

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27 Jan 2021

What's happening with the Environment Bill?

Published: 27 January 2021

The Environment Bill returned to Parliament yesterday. But that return was shortlived. The Government is postponing the rest of the process by several more months – citing concerns about the Bill not completing its passage in the Lords before the end of the Session.

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3 Nov 2020

Welcoming the much-needed Environment Bill back to Parliament

Published: 3 November 2020

After over 200 days of absence, today the Environment Bill finally returns to Parliament. Getting the detail right over the coming months will be vital in ensuring this cornerstone of the Government’s environmental agenda really delivers the step change nature needs. Here we share some views on what needs to happen next.

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6 Oct 2020

Government asked to unleash the potential of designated landscapes

Published: 6 October 2020

Today we’ve made a joint call to Defra Secretary of State George Eustice urging him to take action to unleash the potential of designated landscapes for people, climate and nature.

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30 Sep 2020

Achieving the best outcomes from the Government spending review

Published: 30 September 2020

We’ve responded to the Government’s consultation on the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review. In this blog we share six key areas we believe the UK Government needs to invest in to get the best outcomes for people and places, nature and heritage and the economy alike.

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29 Sep 2020

National Trust response to new land announcement

Published: 29 September 2020

Yesterdays's announcement from the Prime Minister that the UK will aim to protect 30 per cent of land for nature by 2030, including 4,000 km2 of new land for nature in England, is a welcome pick-me-up for those who care about nature, especially after recent reports on the UK missing most of its biodiversity targets and the state of its waterways.

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6 Mar 2020

Hold back the river: what can nature do about flooding?

Published: 6 March 2020

Recent history is seemingly repeating itself, with yet more storms and flooding in recent weeks. In the last six months, we have experienced frequent high levels of rainfall with extraordinary quantities of water; inundating homes and affecting the lives and livelihoods of thousands of people. It felt like the devastating floods of 2007 and 2014 were happening all over again.

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23 Jan 2020

Custodians of carbon

Published: 23 January 2020

Dozens of people holding flaming torches and banging pots and pans attended our recent village wassail. This ritual awakens the trees for the year to come. By ‘breathing in’ every year, deciduous trees draw down carbon from the atmosphere. They are a silent, efficient and beautiful carbon sequestering technology beyond the design of humans.

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9 Jan 2020

Nine National Trust places to explore the history of climate change

Published: 9 January 2020

At the National Trust we’re working to address climate change. In the next 10 years we are reducing our own emissions further, planting 20 million more trees and capturing more carbon in our land to become carbon net zero by 2030. <br><br> Yet, the places we look after can also help explore the history of climate change. From stately homes to coast and countryside, the stories in this blog ...

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