Farming

We look after a large amount of farmland across the UK. We’re working with our farms and tenants to produce local and seasonal food in an environmentally sustainable way

Nosey cattle beside the wall at Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort, Northumberland
Tom the robot is being trialled at Wimpole in Cambridgeshire

Working with robots to transform farming 

Robots are changing the future of farming. Find out how we're working with the Small Robot Company to tackle weeds, monitor crops and protect wildlife.

Wild flowers in the grassland at Swan Barn Farm, Surrey

Hilltop farms need public support to turn a profit 

Farms without public support on average make losses of more than £20,362 a year, according to a report on the profitability of hilltop farms, funded by RSPB, National Trust and Wildlife Trusts.

Friendly cattle grazing coastal fields, Cape Cornwall

Seven of our most nature-friendly farms 

All over the country our wildlife is in trouble. But here are seven of our farms where our tenant farmers are working to bring nature back

Farming stories

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Cows on the moo-ve

We all love a holiday, but cows on the Crom estate in Northern Ireland have particularly unusual way of getting to their summer destination. Every year the herd takes the plunge for a 100-metre swim across Lough Erne, carefully guided by our rangers. It’s all worth the effort though as they’re rewarded with 40 acres of fresh pasture on the island of Inishfendra, where their grazing helps to keep the scrub under control and allow wild flowers, bees and butterflies to flourish.

Herdwick sheep checking our rangers are doing a good job of dry stone walling!

Why we champion sustainable food 

We love sustainably produced, local and seasonal food because it's better for the special places we look after, better for the environment and it tastes better too. Discover our views on food and farming.

Farm produce

Gathering the Welsh Mountain sheep on Watkin Path on the Hafod Y Llan farm, Snowdonia, Wales

Our ambitions for hill farming, nature and heritage 

Dame Helen Ghosh, our former Director-General outlines proposals to support the farming community and confirms the National Trust's commitment to farming, landscapes and nature.