National Trust NI 2022 Manifesto Asks

Murlough National Nature Reserve
Published : 26 Apr 2022 Last update : 27 Apr 2022

The National Trust in Northern Ireland looks after 46 sq. miles of countryside and manages 22% of the coastline. Threats from climate change and the depletion of nature and biodiversity remain as immediate and worrying as ever. It's important to help lay the groundwork for a brighter future, which addresses the joint threats of climate change and nature depletion, tackles the inequalities of access to green space, heritage and culture. We want the next Northern Ireland Assembly to deliver for nature, climate and people.

We want all members of the next Northern Ireland Assembly to commit to delivering for nature, climate and people in the next mandate. We want to see more land and coast managed for nature, ambitious progress towards net zero carbon and climate resilience, and sustainable and inclusive access to nature and fresh air.

We have ten key asks of the next government in Northern Ireland, in order to achieve these outcomes:

Nature

  • A Northern Ireland Environment Act and investment in nature’s recovery
  • An independent Environmental Protection Agency
  • Nature-friendly agriculture and land use policies
Red Squirrel in Mount Stewart
Red Squirrel in Mount Stewart
Red Squirrel in Mount Stewart

Climate

  • Detailed, well-funded Climate Action Plans
  • The delivery of a Green Recovery
  • A new coastal policy framework
  • Increased investment in climate adaptation and a Northern Ireland Coastal Observatory
The floodgates on Strangford Lough
Looking out onto Strangford Lough from the floodgates
The floodgates on Strangford Lough

People

  • More and better access to high quality local green and blue spaces
  • Policies and funding to protect and enhance our historic built environment
  • A Regenerative Tourism Strategy
Visitors walking the Ridge Trail at Divis and the Black Mountain
Visitors walking the Ridge Trail at Divis and the Black Mountai
Visitors walking the Ridge Trail at Divis and the Black Mountain

Learn more

Download National Trust NI Manifesto Asks May 2022 (PDF / 4.9MB) download . to read more about how the National Trust is playing its part in each of these areas.

Video

Tackling climate change at Mount Stewart

Overlooking Strangford Lough in County Down, the Mount Stewart Estate is affected by rising sea levels and changing weather conditions. Watch this video to find out what we're doing to make this precious landscape more resilient for people and nature. Measures include the creation of important salt marsh habitats that lock up carbon and support wildlife.