Our views on local heritage and green spaces

View of Coleshill Park

One hundred years ago, our founders sought to protect and improve the quality of the places people live. We're continuing that tradition by celebrating and promoting the importance of local heritage and green spaces.


Vision for the northern gateway area of Manchester - Collyhurst Park

New research shows the need for urban green space 

A report we've commissioned has shown that the huge surge in people’s use of green spaces during coronavirus reveals an inequality of access to nature in many neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

Person walks through a park covered in wildflowers

Our vision for the future of parks 

We are part of a national initiative to reboot our parks, making them places to rest, explore and play.

Green Academies Project volunteer Jacko teaches bug hunting with young teens

Green Academies Project 

We're inspiring young people to look after their local green spaces. This innovative youth volunteering project has now grown to six of our places across five cities.

The No.2 pool at MRB

Securing a future for Moseley Road Baths 

We have been leading a coalition which is working together to help shape the future of Moseley Road Baths, one of Birmingham's most important heritage buildings and the only Grade II* baths that predate 1914 still in use.

Artist Oliver Goodhall and the property team look at plans for the old breakers' yard at Sutton House, Hackney

Planning at a local level 

At the local level we monitor planning proposals which are likely to affect the special places in our care.

Daniel Dodd our communications and content director meets HRH Prince of Wales

Beauty in my back yard 

We've joined HRH The Prince of Wales in endorsing the Prince’s Foundation for Building Communities' online toolkit BIMBY (Beauty in My Back Yard) to help communities have a say on new housing developments in their area.

Fowey, Cornwall

Neighbourhood planning 

The National Planning Policy Framework placed a great deal of importance on planning at a local level. Find out more about neighbourhood planning and how you can help.

National Trust omega sign at Coleshill Park, Oxfordshire

Our five key recommendations for a low carbon project 

Our insights into why and how people are motivated to take part in community projects, following research by sustainable development charity Forum for the Future.