Our views

Our work can be affected by wider national and even global issues. Here's what we think about them

Sutton Hoo landscape and blue sky
Farming for nature at Hill Top Farm, Yorkshire

Brexit and the future of farming 

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, we're working in partnership with others to shape the future of farming and nature after Brexit.

Marine litter on a beach

Phasing out single use plastics at our places 

The National Trust is committed to creating safe and healthy places for nature and wildlife to thrive. To help safeguard nature for the future, we're phasing out single use plastics at the places we care for. Find out our plan to go plastic free.

A view across the lake to Shugborough Hall

More success in HS2 negotiations for our places 

HS2 Ltd have committed to a £1.5 million fund for environmental enhancements in special places in Staffordshire affected by the proposed railway line.

View of Stroud from Rodborough Common, Gloucestershire

Tackling the housing crisis 

What does Government’s proposed changes to planning policy mean for us?

Looking towards Stonehenge from King Barrows Ridge

Stonehenge A303 Road Improvement Scheme

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

Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland

Our views on nature and wildlife 

As the UK’s biggest land owner, we strive to maintain our land as an environment that supports a rich diversity of life. Read our positions on nature, our work on reconnecting children with nature, and conservation stories from our places.

 Farmer planting vegetable seedlings at Failand

Our views on food and farming 

We love sustainably produced, local and seasonal food because it's better for the special places we look after, better for the environment and tastes better too. Read about our views on food and farming.

Sunset view over countryside surrounding a National Trust site in June

Our views on planning and infrastructure 

One of our founding beliefs is that places matter to people. Land-use planning is a key tool to help us look after special places. Read about our views on the planning system, transport infrastructure, and protecting our nation’s beautiful landscapes.

The Biomass boiler at Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

Our views on energy and climate change 

We’re going greener. Find out about how we’re meeting our pledge to reduce our use of fossil fuels by 50 per cent by 2020, and our views on how climate change is affecting our places.

Pwlldu Bay, Gower Peninsula, Swansea, Wales

Our views on coast, marine and water 

Water is essential to our role in caring for and promoting the importance of nature and heritage. Working with nature is really important to how we protect and look after 780 miles of coastline and manage water on our land.

View of Coleshill Park

Our views on local heritage and green spaces 

The places that matter most are often those closest to home where we spend our time living and working. Find out more about our work in local places special to you, such as celebrating regional heritage through Heritage Open Days.

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Reflections and stories from the External Affairs team on our role in the wider world.

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