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Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland
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Be inspired by nature this Halloween

How to have a nature inspired Halloween 

Creating a spooky Halloween shouldn't have to have a frightening impact on the environment. Use seasonal veg to carve your way to fun decorations, then reuse the materials for delicious autumnal recipes.

A canopy of trees at One Tree Hill

Restoring woodlands affected by ash dieback 

Historic trees and woodlands are facing a huge challenge. Ash dieback has surged in part due to a dry and very warm spring. We predict between 75–95 per cent of all ash trees will be lost in the next 20-30 years. We need your help to care for the future of our woodlands.

Penrhyn Castle in Wales, Clandon Park gardens in Surrey, Speke Hall in Liverpool and Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire

We've published our report into colonialism and historic slavery 

We've released our 'Interim Report on the Connections between Colonialism and Properties now in the Care of the National Trust, Including Links with Historic Slavery', which details the connections between 93 of the historic places in our care and colonialism and historic slavery. It is part of our commitment to ensure such stories are properly represented, shared and interpreted as part of a broader narrative.

Arctic tern at Long Nanny

Looking after terns at Long Nanny 

Arctic terns at Long Nanny in Northumberland have not fledged chicks for the first time since 1980 after severe weather and lockdown restrictions hampered our work to protect them. Find out how we look after these rare seabirds.

A Large Blue butterfly

Bringing back large blue butterflies 

We've brought the endangered large blue butterfly back to Stroud in Gloucestershire, where it hasn't been seen for 150 years. Discover how we worked with partnership organisations on the biggest reintroduction project of its kind in the UK.

Close up of an oak leaf

Our spending cut plans in response to coronavirus losses 

Like most organisations, we've been hit very hard by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite already making considerable savings we need to act now to save much more to secure the beautiful places that we all love. Regrettably, this means proposed staff redundancies alongside other measures to cut our costs. We're confident that these savings will put us in a strong position to face the challenges ahead, for generations to come.

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