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Win for Rashford 

Social media users have chosen to name the Exmoor baby beaver after Euro 2020 hero, Marcus Rashford. Rashford is the first beaver born on Exmoor in 400 years, giving hope for future generations.

Beaver kit and mother at the Holnicote Estate, Somerset

First baby beaver born on Exmoor for 400 years 

The pair of beavers we released at the Holnicote Estate in Somerset have had their first baby beaver, which was caught on camera at night swimming with its mother. Find out how these shy creatures are helping us tackle the effects of climate change and create a wetland full of wildlife.

Visitors paddling in the brook at Longshaw, Peak District

Britons ‘vote with their feet’ for a summer of simple pleasures 

To celebrate the arrival of summer, we conducted research to find out how the nation is planning to make the most of the season. The results showed that many of us are hoping for a ‘barefoot summer’ of simple pleasures – and we've got plenty of ideas to get you started.

Kingfishers are one of many species to benefit from our work at Killerton Estate, Devon

Our 50-year vision for nature at Killerton Estate 

We're restoring floodplains, woodland and hedgerows across the Devon estate. Taking inspiration from a 19th-century painting of the estate, we're working towards a 50-year vision for the landscape, which will create homes for wildlife and reduce carbon. This will start with a 15-month restoration project supported by the Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund, which is helping several other places in our care work towards a green recovery.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and National Trust Director-General Hilary McGrady open up London's Blossom Garden alongside key workers

We've opened the first Blossom Garden in London 

We've opened the first of our Blossom Gardens at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on 24 May 2021. A ceremony was held by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who was joined by Hilary McGrady, Director-General of the National Trust, and representatives from key worker communities. Learn more about the blossom circles project and how we're helping communities blossom.

Planting trees removes carbon from the atmosphere

Supporting work to cut greenhouse gas emissions 

We're supporting work that will play a key role in helping the UK achieve net-zero carbon by 2050 and lead to the biggest change in land use since the Second World War. The project, led by the University of Exeter, will investigate five different methods of removing harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. It will also support the planting of 750,000 hectares of trees over 25 years.

Beech woodland in early autumn, Woodchester Park, Gloucestershire

Record HSBC UK donation to enable mass tree planting 

Thanks to a £4 million gift from HSBC UK, 2 million trees will be planted as part of our ambitious plans to increase access to nature, tackle climate change, protect landscapes, and attract more wildlife.

Archaeologists taking samples from the giant.

Archaeologists surprised by likely age of Cerne Abbas Giant 

After 12 months of scientific analysis, we can for the first time reveal the likely age of the Cerne Giant, Britain’s largest and perhaps best-known chalk hill figure. Using state-of-the art sediment analysis funded by the National Trust, the University of Gloucestershire, Allen Environmental Archaeology and the Pratt Bequest, archaeologists have concluded the giant was probably first constructed in the late Saxon period.

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