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National Trust Northern Ireland 2022 manifesto asks

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A red squirrel on Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

The National Trust in Northern Ireland looks after 46 square miles of countryside and manages 22 per cent of the coastline. We want to help lay the groundwork for a brighter future, which addresses the joint threats of climate change and nature depletion as well as tackling 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 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:


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


  • 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


  • 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

Learn more

Download National Trust NI Manifesto Asks May 2022 (PDF / 4.8994140625MB) to read more about how the National Trust is playing its part in each of these areas.

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