Land & landscape

We look after 250,000 hectares of countryside and more than 780 miles of coastline, keeping them accessible for future generations

Green Space Dark Skies trial event at Dinas Dinlle, Snowdonia

Celebrating our right to roam  

This year marks 90 years since the mass trespass on Kinder Scout in Derbyshire that led to the right to roam. To celebrate, we're working with arts organisation Walk the Plank and UNBOXED to hold live events at the places in our care as part of the Green Space Dark Skies project. Those taking part in these filmed events at dusk will join thousands of others around the UK to carry low-impact lights across the landscapes they love.

 Project will restore woodlands, wetlands and farmland

Working to tackle biodiversity loss 

We're working with the University of Exeter to investigate and tackle biodiversity loss. The project, which has received funding of £10m from the Natural Environment Research Council, will work with landowners, businesses, and communities to restore woodlands, wetlands and farmland across the UK.

Bathampton Meadows looking towards Bath from Batheaston

Green corridor links city of Bath to countryside 

A new 'green corridor' became possible when Bathampton Meadows came into our care. The route, likely to start at Bath Abbey, will connect the historic city to the surrounding green spaces. It will be the first of 20 accessible green corridors we'll be creating across England, Wales and Northern Ireland by 2030.

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire will benefit from extra funding to restore peatland

Funding boost for peatland landscapes 

Projects to restore peatland in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk have received £815,877 of funding from the Government. Among the places to benefit are Wicken Fen and Heigham Holmes. Find out more about our conservation work and discover why healthy peatland is so important in the battle against climate change.

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Responding to climate change

Watch this video to uncover how we’re responding to the changing climate at places in our care and why we’re calling on the Government to make bigger commitments and bigger changes in this crucial year of climate action. Through local projects, partnerships and funding, we're working to heal climate harm, everywhere we can. Discover how individual places are adapting, how you can get involved, plus check out our hazard map and what happened at COP26.

Erosion on Brown Tongue, Scafell Pike, Wasdale

Help us reduce erosion at the places we care for 

We're pleased that so many of you are enjoying the countryside but we need your help to protect the places in our care against footpath erosion. Find out how increasing visitor numbers, social distancing and winter weather are affecting precious landscapes.

Historic landscapes

Way mark sign on Devil's Dyke

Restoring rare chalk grasslands 

Working in partnership with nine other organisations, we’re embarking on a project to restore swathes of precious chalk grassland on the South Downs. In total more than 800 hectares of land will be managed for nature, providing a vital lifeline for wildlife. The project is supported by a £2.23m National Lottery Heritage Fund grant.

A path below trees that are starting to blossom in the gardens at Mottistone

Trees & plants 

We care for 25,000 hectares (61,776 acres) of woodland, 135 wild landscape sites and more than 200 gardens, and have as many wonderful stories to tell

Why planning matters...

Geese coming in to roost on Blakeney Freshes

Capturing carbon 

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 and capture carbon emissions. Find out what we're doing to protect them.

Joe in the tractor tedding the cut hay before baling

Working with the landscape 

With the landscape as their most valuable resource, our tenant farmers are working hard to protect it, meaning delicious local and seasonal food all year round.

Help nature thrive
Apple blossom and a honey bee in the fruit orchard at Cotehele, Cornwall

Give back to nature 

More than ever before, nature has been our source of comfort during difficult times. But climate change is accelerating the decline of these green spaces. Nature gives us so much – donate today and help us protect these places and the wildlife that lives there.

Our cause

We protect and care for places so people and nature can thrive. We look after the nation's coastline, historic sites, countryside and green spaces, ensuring everyone benefits.