Snowdrops in bloom thanks to mild winter

Snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey. Credit Howard Cooper

Snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey. Credit Howard Cooper

The gardens at the National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey are set to be transformed into a ‘sea of white’ as thousands of delicate snowdrops come into bloom early due to the unseasonably warm winter weather.

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Our Changing Coastline

National Trust Coast and Marine Adviser, Phil Dyke, reflects on the impact of the recent storms on the coastline.

The National Trust cares for one in ten miles of the coast of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This includes many of our favourite beaches and dramatic cliff top walks, as well as havens for wildlife such sand dune and salt marsh.

The succession of dramatic storms and surges that have battered our coast since early December 2013 continue to have a huge impact on peoples live. We sympathise with people and businesses that have been affected, as indeed we have been affected ourselves and are grateful for the huge efforts of public authorities and the emergency services in helping restore some semblance of order.

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National Trust’s position on the Orford Ness lighthouse

In response to today’s article in the Sunday Telegraph, the National Trust sets out its position on the future of the Orford Ness lighthouse

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve has been owned and cared for by the National Trust since 1993. The current lighthouse dates from 1792 and is the third to be built on the site. At no time has the Trust owned the lighthouse on the site and whilst we care for the Orford Ness landscape, it is Natural England that holds the authority for determining permissions on any coastal defence work.

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Senior Government MP criticises NPPF

Nadhim Zahawi, the MP for Stratford on Avon and member of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit, has today expressed concern that the Government’s planning reforms are causing ‘physical harm’ to our countryside, which is under ‘intense attack’ from ‘rapacious developers’ – as reported in the Daily Telegraph. Mr Zahawi warns that this could be ‘the defining legacy of this Government’. Zahawi and other MPs debated the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) with Planning Minister Nick Boles in Parliament yesterday.

The National Trust has continued to raise concerns about the implementation of the NPPF. Last month, we warned that half of English councils with Green Belt land are preparing to allocate some of it for development ahead of brownfield sites.

National Trust welcomes Lake District nomination to World Heritage Status

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced earlier today that the Lake District will be bidding for World Heritage Site status in 2016. 

The National Trust has been caring for this iconic landscapes for over 100 years, nurturing both the natural environment and its cultural heritage.  Continue reading

National Trust sites given Dark Sky status

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has unveiled 26 brand new Dark Sky Discovery Sites, including six National Trust properties.

The accreditation, which is part of STFC’s Dark Sky Discovery Programme, is awarded to sites that are accessible and free enough from light pollution that they offer a fantastic panorama of the night sky.

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National Trust voices concerns on biodiversity offsetting for habitats earmarked for housing

In response to Owen Paterson’s interview in the Times on Saturday 4 January, a spokesperson at the National Trust said: “We are deeply concerned about the article in the Times regarding biodiversity offsetting for housing to include 400 year old woodland. Continue reading