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.

The rear garden under flood water in autumn at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire

Getting ready for COP26 

With nations around the world reporting on plans to significantly cut carbon emissions, this year is a turning point for action on climate change.

Find out more about our presence at COP26 in Glasgow and get some ideas about what you can do in the fight against the climate crisis.

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. 

Helping Killerton find its natural defences against climate change

Nature has defined Killerton in Devon for centuries and today is no different. The woodlands, riverbanks, protected parkland and wildflower garden on the estate make it a haven for nature and people.  

Bats, owls and insects live in the veteran trees and rare species of fungi and flowers grow here. Killerton is also home to more than 30 species of butterfly. But all of this is at risk from climate change, which is causing frequent and intense drought, storms and heatwaves.

Harnessing the power of nature

We know that nature is our strongest ally against a changing climate. This is why we’re carrying out restoration and land management work that enriches biodiversity, stores carbon and cleans and slows the flow of water. We're planting trees and hedgerows, caring for existing woodland and working with tenant farmers to ensure we take full advantage of nature-friendly farming methods.

Reducing flooding 

The floodplain next to the River Culm, which passes through the estate, will also be restored. Eventually, there will be a mosaic of habitats, including pond-like depressions (scrapes), scrub, woodland, and wildflower meadows. This will not only attract more wildlife but create beautiful natural spaces for future generations to enjoy. 

Working with partners 

The work at Killerton is supported by the following partners and funders: the Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund, HSBC UK, West Country Rivers Trust, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Agency, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, Natural England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Woodland Trust.

Find out more about Killerton's green recovery >

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Making Killerton more resilient to climate change

Set in 6,400 acres of Devon countryside, the Killerton estate supports a lot of wildlife. Watch this video to find out how we're helping the landscape adapt to the effects of climate change. From planting and establishing 70,000 trees to restoring a floodplain, a lot is being done to protect the estate for future generations.

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