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A lichen rare to England is trans-located from a fallen oak tree to healthy trees in the valley at Borrowdale, Cumbria | © National Trust Images/Stuart Walker

Climate change and sustainability

Discover how we’re part of the global fight against climate change, the challenges we face with shifting weather patterns and what we’re doing to care for historic houses and landscapes in our care.

Our work to fight climate change

Two National Trust staff crouching down to inspect the harbour wall at Mullion Cove, Cornwall
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How we're adapting to climate change 

Climate change is the greatest threat to the coastline, countryside and historic buildings in our care. Our new report, A Climate for Change: Adaptation and the National Trust, reveals how we’re tackling its causes and effects and identifying future hazards. From protecting and planting trees to nature-friendly farming, helping people, heritage and nature adapt to a changing climate is at the heart of everything we do.

Clear evidence how the erosion of the cliffs due to climate change threatens the archeological site of the hillfort at Dinas Dinlle, Gwynedd
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How we're tackling climate change 

Climate change is the single biggest threat to the places we care for. Take a look at our environmental pledges as we adapt, reduce carbon emissions and address the damage already done.

Two sun-chairs stand on sun-parched brown lawn in front of green trees and the buildings of Anglesey Abbey
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New research on the UK's preparedness for climate change 

As the Government releases its new five-year National Adaptation Programme, we share new research that shows that the UK is 'lagging behind' in preparedness for climate change.

Solar panel installation at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
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Solar power at our places 

Discover how some of the special places in our care are harnessing the power of the sun to generate electricity and reduce their carbon footprints.

Stickle Ghyll hydro-electric turbine at Sticklebarn and the Langdales, Cumbria
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Hydroelectric power at our places 

Discover which of the places in our care generate their own hydroelectricity, from a 19th-century 'smart home' in Northumberland to a state-of-the-art water turbine in scenic Snowdonia.

Thorncombe Beacon, Dorset
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Living with change: Our shifting shores 

We’re tackling the threats of a changing coastline to safeguard the places you love. Find out how our teams are adapting their approach to our shifting shores.

Tree planting

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Our ambition to establish 20 million trees to tackle climate change 

Find out about ambitious plans to plant trees for future generations that will absorb carbon and enable nature to thrive.

Visitors walking in the park at sunset at Petworth House and Park, West Sussex
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Plant a Tree 

Trees are one of the best natural defences against climate change, which is why we’re aiming to plant and establish 20 million trees by 2030. Donate to Plant a Tree and make a difference.

Our peat-free pledge

Rangers inspecting the landscape at Kinder Scout, Derbyshire
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Preserving our peatland 

Discover the four vital ways peat supports the environment, from carbon store to archaeological record, and see some of the key projects protecting the peatland in our care.

Green cuttings sprouting in natural plastic-free pots and peat-free compost
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Guide to peat-free gardening 

We've committed to going peat free as an organisation, and all the plants we grow, buy and sell are potted in peat-free compost. Hear from our team of gardening experts and discover top tips for peat-free gardening in your green space.

Responding to climate change at places in our care

We're part of the global fight against climate change. It is the single biggest threat to the precious landscapes and historic houses we care for. Our teams are adapting to the many effects of climate change, from managing the impact of rising sea levels at Mount Stewart to reducing carbon emissions at Wimpole, we're working hard to protect the places in our care for everyone, for ever.

Konik ponies grazing at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
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Helping Wicken Fen adapt to a changing climate 

Conservation work at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire is helping vital wetland habitats adapt to climate change. Increasing the flow of water around the fens will support wildlife during the winter and help peat soils store more carbon. Find out about this and other measures to protect the landscape.

The lake in the garden at Mount Stewart, County Down, Northern Ireland
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Responding to climate change at Mount Stewart 

What impact is climate change having on the wildlife and habitats of the Mount Stewart estate?

Propagation volunteers at work in the polytunnel at Ham House and Garden, London
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Responding to climate change at Ham House 

Discover how the National Trust is tackling the impact of climate change at Ham House.

Curved rig and furrow at Wallington, Northumberland
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Wallington’s Green Recovery 

Find out about how Wallington benefited from the DEFRA Green Recovery Challenge Fund, including some fascinating archaeological discoveries unearthed by ‘LiDAR’ technology.

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Our work to recover from fires in the Mournes 

We’re carrying out conservation work at the Mournes Mountains in Northern Ireland to help the area recover from damage caused by wild fires and adapt to the effects of climate change. Find out how measures such as conservation grazing, wildlife surveys and new technology are protecting fragile habitats and supporting nature.

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Upper Conwy catchment project 

We’re working on a long-term project in the Conwy catchment to tackle climate change and reduce extreme flooding for the benefit of nature, wildlife and people.

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Green recovery at Killerton 

Killerton’s estate is an important wildlife haven, but is threatened by climate change. Thanks to the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, projects have been completed to protect its grounds.

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Green Recovery Project at Wimpole 

Discover how Wimpole is using the Green Recovery Fund to help create and restore habitats, support solutions to tackle climate change and connect people with nature.

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Skell Valley Project 

Keep up with the latest updates as the Skell Valley Project takes place, looking to create a sustainable future for the Skell Valley in North Yorkshire

Join the fight against climate change

Find out how you can reduce your carbon footprint, reduce waste and help wildlife on your doorstep. Even the smallest changes can make a big difference for nature and the climate.

Community hedge laying and tree planting day at High Tilberthwaite Farm, Coniston, South Lakes, Cumbria
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How you can help tackle climate change 

Play your part by learning how to reduce your carbon footprint and reducing plastic waste. Plus, find out how to join the Great Big Green Week campaign.

National Trust volunteers and staff cleaning Bossington Beach, on the Holnicote Estate, Exmoor National Park, Somerset.
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Protecting coasts and rivers 

From tips on saving water to combatting plastic pollution, learn more about our work to protect precious coasts and rivers for wildlife and people, and what you can do to help.

A cyclist in a yellow winter coat rides his bike through the heathland of Carding Mill Valley, with rolling hills seen in the background.

Sustainable travel to the places in our care 

Find out how you can travel to the places in our care by train, bus, bike or on foot, helping you to save money and care for the environment.

Our partners

We are very grateful to the funders and partners who support our work on climate change, including Defra’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, the European Climate Foundation, the European Regional Development Fund, the Environment Agency, HSBC UK, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Natural Resources Wales, Northern Ireland’s Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, the Northern Powerhouse, players of People’s Postcode Lottery, The Royal Oak Foundation, UK Research and Innovation, the Welsh Government and the Wolfson Foundation, as well as many other generous people and organisations.

Rangers and HSBC volunteers planting Sphagnum moss at High Peak Estate, Derbyshire
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Working towards a green recovery 

With support from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, we're looking for ways to protect our environment and combat climate change. Find out more about the work we're doing.

The rear garden under flood water in autumn at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
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Playing our part at COP26 

Discover more about the National Trust’s role at COP26 in Glasgow and how you can help tackle the climate crisis.

View across an arable field with blue skies
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Climate and Land Summit 

Learn about the six climate and nature-based targets discussed at the Climate and Land Summit and how the solutions are being applied at National Trust places.

Ponies grazing on Rockford Common, New Forest, Hampshire

Caring for nature

Learn about our work on nature, climate and sustainability, and find out what you can do to make a difference.