Land & landscape

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

Carpet of bluebells in Dockey Wood at Ashridge, Herts
View across hay meadows full of flowers at Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Cumbria

Bringing new life to meadows loved by Beatrix Potter 

As Britain marks National Meadows Day on 6 June we’re celebrating the success of a 25-year project to restore three Cumbrian hay meadows, given to the nation by Beatrix Potter. The meadows at Hill Top Farm, once cared for by the author, are now full of the flowering plants and wildlife that inspired her famous children's tales.

An archive image of the people marching in the 1932 Kinder Scout trespass overlaid onto a modern day image of the landscape

Unearthing stories of passion and protest 

Many of our places have connections to protests, mass social movements and the development of the rights we enjoy today. This year as we mark 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, a turning point in our democracy, we’ll be exploring these relationships with a year-long programme of events, exhibitions, podcasts and more.

The surface remains of Levant Mine, near St Just, Cornwall, including stacks and beam engine houses

World Heritage sites 

We care for special places across the UK. Find out more about the few that have been recognised as globally important World Heritage sites.

River Derwent

Riverlands: how we keep our rivers flowing 

Rivers are the lifeblood of our landscapes, but now they’re in trouble – and so is the wildlife that depends on them. We’re determined to reverse this decline with an ambitious restoration project to bring our rivers, streams, brooks and becks flowing back to life.

Why planning matters...

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.

Looking towards Stonehenge from King Barrows Ridge

Stonehenge A303 road improvement scheme 

The A303 divides and blights the Stonehenge World Heritage Site - one of the most important prehistoric landscapes in Europe. An ambitious plan to divert traffic through a tunnel beneath the site could provide an overall benefit to the whole World Heritage Site, providing it is located and designed with the utmost care.

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