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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Vango and National Trust launch eco-friendly camping collaboration

Vango, the UK’s leading camping and outdoor equipment brand and Europe’s largest conservation charity has launched a recycled plastic camping collection, including eco-friendly tents and sleeping bags. Made from a new Sentinel Eco™ fabric incorporating recycled PET plastic bottles, salvaged from waterways, streets and landfill, the tents use a minimum of 69 plastic bottles for the three sleeper Devon tent, through to 302 plastic bottles for the six sleeper Antrim.  In the first year of release, it is projected that the National Trust camping collection will repurpose almost 295,000 PET…

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New research uncovers secret Jacobite at Oxburgh Hall – and his drinking glass with its cryptic clues

New research has revealed a plot to support the Jacobite rebellion, evidenced by a newly traced drinking glass engraved with secret symbols, and large bank payments to aid Bonnie Prince Charlie’s bid for the British throne. The research commissioned by the National Trust has uncovered the story of a secret Jacobite at Oxburgh Hall, in Norfolk, revealing the owner of the house, Sir Henry Arundell Bedingfeld was likely to have been part of a rebellion to overthrow the Hanoverian King George II.  His secret Jacobite drinking glass has now returned…

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