Tackling climate change together

We're part of the global fight against climate change. It is the single biggest threat to the precious landscapes and historic houses we care for and in our latest video (above) you can get a glimpse of the challenges we're facing together.

Our teams are adapting to changing weather patterns and working hard to address the damage caused by wild fires, heavy rain, increased humidity, high winds, droughts and shifting shores.

Wildlife, beaches, woodlands, archaeological sites, historic buildings, gardens and parklands are all under threat.

Rising temperatures are damaging some of the finest paintings in our care, while pests and diseases pose a greater threat to collections, trees and plants. Archaeological discoveries are also in danger of being lost.

We're having to make building alterations to cope with flooding and manage the effects of a changing coastline and rising sea levels. Almost three quarters of the most important land in our care is vulnerable to climate change. Not only do these landscapes support wildlife, they also store carbon.

We’re tackling the causes of climate change by reducing emissions, caring for the land that captures and stores carbon, nurturing wildlife habitats and putting pressure on the Government to adopt policies that will help us all look after the places you love to visit. But the scale of the threat is breathtaking, and we can't do all of this without your help.

Join in with Great Big Green Week

Join us to support Great Big Green Week. Taking place from 18-26 September 2021, it's the UK's largest event for climate and nature. With events taking place across the country, it celebrates how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces.

Find out more about Great Big Green Week Join in
Climate change hazard map showing overheating and humidity 2020-2060

Mapping climate change 

We've developed a hazard map that illustrates the threat climate change poses to the places we care for and highlights ways to tackle it. Working to a worst-case scenario model, the map plots places alongside existing data on climate change-related events, such as flooding and coastal erosion. It’s the first map of its kind and will help us identify the hazard level facing these places and pinpoint locations that may need intervention.

Our environmental pledges

  • We're planting and establishing 20 million trees by 2030
  • By 2030 we'll be carbon net-zero across our own emissions and those created by our supply chain and investments
  • By 2025 we'll have created 25,000 hectares of new wildlife habitats
  • We'll create green corridors for people and nature near towns and cities
Protecting the places in our care

Climate change impacts are huge but taking action now is already helping. From our gardens and coastal cliffs to our historic houses and collections, we’ll be changing how we do things and sharing inspiring stories along the way. Watch this space to find out more about our work to protect nature, beauty and history for future generations. 

Our work at Skell Valley, North Yorkshire

Set within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Skell Valley – including Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate World Heritage Site – represents centuries of nature, beauty and history. But today the valley is vulnerable to climate change and we need to protect it.

In recent years there has been a marked increase in the frequency and intensity of flooding from the River Skell, with both Fountains Abbey and the water gardens severely affected. Flooding is also threatening homes and businesses in the city of Ripon downstream, and nature is declining throughout the valley with sediment build-up making the water quality poor and harmful to wildlife. 

The Skell Valley Project 

For the past five years, we’ve been working collaboratively with farmers, landowners, other organisations and local communities on multiple solutions to prevent flood damage, reduce silt build-up and improve biodiversity. This vital partnership project sees 15 separate projects team up to make the collective changes needed to ensure a sustainable future for the valley.

Learn more about the Skell Valley Project here >

From Skell Valley to the Rwenzori mountain range, Uganda

Tackling our changing climate is a global challenge. Discover how the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO), has recently facilitated a practical exchange of skills in flood mitigation and community engagement, connecting these two World Heritage Sites through the Melting Snow and Rivers in Flood project >




Tackling climate change in the Skell Valley

Watch the video to find out what we're doing to safeguard the future of Skell Valley. We're working with partners, communities and nature to make the area more resilient to climate change.

There are lots of different ways you can get involved in the fight against climate change. You could donate to a fundraising appeal, make simple changes to live more sustainably, or campaign for the Government to make environmental policy changes.

How you can get involved
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" We have a duty to look after places for everyone, for ever, and climate change is the biggest threat to them."
Our partners

We are very grateful to the funders and partners who support our work on climate change, including Defra’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, the European Climate Foundation, the European Regional Development Fund, the Environment Agency, HSBC UK, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Natural Resources Wales, Northern Ireland’s Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, the Northern Powerhouse, players of People’s Postcode Lottery, The Royal Oak Foundation, UK Research and Innovation, the Welsh Government and the Wolfson Foundation, as well as many other generous people and organisations.

Children exploring nature at Kingston Lacy

Working towards a green recovery 

With support from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, we’re kickstarting a green recovery that secures our future with action on climate and the environment, while ensuring everyone can enjoy nature-rich green spaces on their doorstep and access local heritage and shared cultural spaces.

Harnessing the power of nature