National Trust publishes new survey report on links between historic places, colonialism and slavery

The National Trust has published a report showing connections between 93 of its historic places and colonialism and historic slavery. The survey, commissioned by the Trust last September, is part of a broader commitment to ensuring links to colonialism and historic slavery are properly represented, shared and interpreted as part of a broader narrative at relevant National Trust places.  The conservation charity has to date explored histories of colonialism and slavery at some of its places including projects such as ‘Colonial Countryside’, which has worked with school children at selected…

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National Trust launches major appeal for nature following coronavirus losses

The National Trust has launched #EveryoneNeedsNature – an appeal to raise awareness of how connection to nature enriches lives and how vital it is to preserve and protect nature and wildlife, and to raise funds for nature conservation. The six week campaign, which started on the 7th September, signals the start of more sustained fundraising appeals by the conservation charity, will focus on nature and wellbeing and on the universal need for nature.  It will seek donations from the public – both existing supporters and new ones who have an…

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National Trust leader calls for urgent support for nature and wildlife sectors and a ‘green, not grey’ recovery

The National Trust is urging the Government to ensure its recovery plans support a greener economy, don’t sacrifice environmental progress and ensure more people have better access to nature-rich green space. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the National Trust’s Director-General Hilary McGrady said: “As the country starts to look beyond the immediate crisis, we need the sort of forward-thinking we showed after the second world war when the National Health Service, National Parks and a planning system to protect green space were created.   “The nation’s attention is rightly on dealing…

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National Trust calls for UK’s letters from lockdown

The National Trust is calling for people around the UK to share their letters with the conservation charity and its followers and members, about their lockdown experiences. The Trust plans to add a selection to its historic collection of letters. In the two-week period from 11-25 March, the charity saw a 1,000% jump in visits to the notecard category of its online shop, suggesting people were anticipating that traditional handwritten notes and letters would be a key way to keep in touch during the lockdown. The National Trust’s Head Curator,…

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Leading lights make ‘promise for nature’ as National Trust urges action on climate crisis

Politicians, business leaders and celebrities have thrown their weight behind a National Trust campaign to galvanise people and tackle the climate and nature crises. The conservation charity is calling on the public to seize the leap day by making one of a series of seemingly small but significant contributions that cumulatively will make a big difference. Suggestions include planting or sponsoring a tree, cutting food waste and switching to greener forms of transport. TV presenter Julia Bradbury, the boss of Iceland Foods Richard Walker and popstar turned farmer JB Gill…

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