Our views on land and landscape

Planning can affect the nation’s heritage in many ways and we engage in the planning process to ensure that special places are maintained for ever, for everyone.

Sticklebarn and The Langdales

Land use and planning 

We get involved in the planning system to help protect our land and to ensure all land is used for the greatest long-term benefit.

View from an elevated viewpoint of the meadows and Fairhaven Lodges at Runnymede, Surrey

Our planning principles 

Our planning principles are used to guide us in our decision-making on the way land is developed and managed.

View towards the Menai Strait, Gwynedd, North Wales

Planning at a national level 

We look after a quarter of a million hectares of land, 775 miles of coastline, and thousands of archaeological monuments and historic buildings.

Damp footprints on the rocks at Poldhu Cove on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

How we engage in planning: our role as a developer 

In the course of our work, we're responsible for some new developments, which means that we're a participant in the planning system.

The hill is a prehistoric hill fort and National Nature Reserve, situated in the Blackmore Vale, near Blandford Forum

What historic landscapes mean to us 

With the help of archaeology, we're uncovering the stories of our historic landscapes.

View over the lake towards the west front of the house at Claydon, Buckinghamshire.

Overview of High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) Phase 1, 2A & 2 

We’re working to ensure that special places, including those in our care for the nation to enjoy, receive adequate protection from the HS2 railway that is planned to connect London, Birmingham, Crewe, Leeds and Manchester.

Looking west across the park at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Our response to Phase 2 route 

​Our consultation response to the preferred route of Phase 2 of the rail link, (which runs from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester), provides an in-depth assessment of the impact at each Trust place affected and a commentary on some of the methodologies used by HS2 Ltd to assess impacts.

Hardwick Hall viewed from the herb garden

Special places impacted by HS2 

As the proposed route for HS2 travels up the country there are 13 of our special places which we are particularly concerned about.

View of the vast stretch of green at Golden Valley, Ashridge Estate

Are we fit to frack? 

Our report on fracking, its potential impact on the countryside, and our recommendations for managing and regulating this practice.

Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) flying over the lake at a National Trust site

Fit to frack report 

Read our report on fracking, its potential impact on the countryside, and our recommendations for managing and regulating this practice.

Looking towards Stonehenge from King Barrows Ridge

Stonehenge A303 Road Improvement Scheme

The A303 severs and blights the Stonehenge Landscape - one of the most important prehistoric landscapes in Europe. We believe the proposed tunnel could provide an overall benefit to the World Heritage Site, providing it is located and designed with the utmost care.

The stones at Stonehenge, with visitors and the road in the background

The flutter of wings: A new future for Stonehenge

Archaeologist Dr Nick Snashall explores plans for an A303 tunnel at Stonehenge, which will help wildlife thrive.

Guided walk at Stonehenge Landscape

Join in with our work in the Stonehenge Landscape

There's so much you can do to help the National Trust with its work in the Stonehenge Landscape.

Track towards Black Down, from Hindhead Common, Surrey

Returning Hindhead Commons to nature 

Following completion of a new tunnel to bypass a notorious traffic bottle neck in the Surrey village of Hindhead, the old A3 has officially been 'returned to nature'.