Land & landscape

We look after 250,000 hectares of countryside and more than 775 miles of coastline, keeping them accessible for future generations

Visitors walking in the Shropshire Hills

Kevin and Ged's story

For Kevin and his son Ged, a passion for long coastal walks has transformed their lives. Ged is autistic, but can now take on challenges that had once been unthinkable.

Pentire Farm

Greatest opportunity in a generation for our countryside to thrive 

Our countryside has its greatest opportunity in a generation to thrive if the Government delivers on its promises to reward nature-friendly farming, says Helen Ghosh.

A Ranger pulling Himalayan Balsam in the Lake District

Alien plants in the Lake District 

Himalayan Balsam, Rhododendron and Japanese Knotweed – they’re familiar sights, but actually, in the wrong place, they’re becoming a real problem across the Lake District. These are just some of the non-native plants here, or 'alien invasions' as we call them. In 2016, our Rangers and volunteers spent over 300 days tackling them - that’s nearly a year! We do this so indigenous plants survive, and that animals aren’t affected by these alien invaders either. They appear on land and in water – here’s 4 of the species to watch out for when you’re in the Lake District.

Ranger with a pick-axe working on footpath repairs, South Ridge of Snowdon in the background.

Snowdonia's fragile natural wonders need our support 

Snowdonia's rangers are constantly working to maintain the pathways, now, after completing their most extensive review of the landscape to date, they urgently need your help to get repairs underway on two and a half miles of the path network.

Dee Gathorne-Hardy, our area ranger at Ickworth, Suffolk

Inspired by trees at Ickworth 

Dee Gathorne-Hardy's love of trees began in the tropical climes of Malaysia. Today he works with other rangers and volunteers managing the woodland in the grounds of this 18th century mansion. They use woodchip to power the estate's biomass boiler.

A view of flooded fields from Glastonbury Tor, Somerset

Living with change - managing water and flooding 

We examine the ways climate change has impacted on the north coast of Somerset, and how we're responding.

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The gorse-covered cliff-land at Dinas Oleu, our very first acquisition

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