Land & landscape

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

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Holcombe Moor, near Manchester, transformed into a 'giant sponge' with thousands of peat bunds visible from the air

Peatland landscape turned into 'giant sponge' to absorb carbon 

Thousands of peat bunds have been created on Holcombe Moor near Manchester to help tackle climate change. The scallop-shaped banks will improve the condition of the peat and enable it to store carbon, attract birds and reduce flooding downstream. Dams were also created to further slow the flow of rainwater and sphagnum moss plugs were planted to hold moisture in the soil.

The Holnicote Estate in Somerset is one of the places to benefit from extra funding

Funding boost for our work towards a green recovery 

We've received more funding for projects benefiting people, nature, the climate and the economy. Our work across Exmoor, Shropshire and the Lake District will get further funding of almost £2m from the Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund. This will help us restore rivers, create habitats, plant trees, manage flooding and use nature-friendly farming methods.

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

Autumn colour at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

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

The Tea Party Oak tree at Ickworth

Tree of the month  

The Tea Party Oak is the oldest tree on the Ickworth estate in Suffolk and our tree of the month for August. Find out more about this grand old English oak (Quercus robur) and the wildlife that depends on it.

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
Red squirrel with a nut

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 precious places and the wildlife that live 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.