NetZeroPlus project to form vital part of UK bid to remove greenhouse gases from atmosphere

A project to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere will be crucial to the UK’s bid to reach Net Zero by 2050 – and is set to spark the biggest change in land use since the Second World War. The NetZeroPlus project, led by Professor Ian Bateman from the University of Exeter Business School, is one of five interdisciplinary projects that will receive a total of £31.5m from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – with each project investigating a different method of removing harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere.   The…

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National Trust’s plans for 20 million ‘right trees in right places’ take root

The National Trust has planted thousands of young saplings in areas across the UK as part of its ambitions to attract more wildlife, create new homes for nature, protect landscapes prone to flooding and to help in the fight against climate change. The conservation charity has planted 60,000 trees over recent months, despite the coronavirus pandemic, kickstarting plans to plant and establish 20 million trees across England, Wales and Northern Ireland by 2030. Other areas will be set aside for natural regeneration with fenced areas to limit grazing by livestock.…

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National Trust launches ‘grow-along’ to help home gardeners grow their own plastic-free kitchen sponges

The National Trust has launched a new ‘grow-along’ to help people grow their own loofahs, which can be used as a sustainable alternative to plastic washing up sponges. In 2019, the team at Knightshayes in Devon grew their first crop of loofahs – the fruit of Luffa cylindrica, a vine in the cucumber family – and began using them to wash dishes as an alternative to disposable, plastic-based sponges. Extra loofahs were sold in the onsite shop. Senior Gardener Bev Todd says: “The interest in the loofahs was extraordinary. A…

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£3 million gift to National Trust secures conservation of over a hundred historic artworks

Conservation of some of the National Trust’s most significant collections has been given a huge boost thanks to a gift of £3 million from the Royal Oak Foundation.  The Royal Oak Foundation is an American charity, founded in 1973 by the National Trust, whose mission is to raise awareness and advance the work of the Trust by inspiring support from the United States.   The gift, which will support collections conservation for the next five years, has been made in honour of the Trust’s 125th anniversary and will fund major…

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Training the countryside guardians of tomorrow as apprenticeship donations top £2m

Some of the UK’s largest conservation organsiations have joined forces to find the countryside guardians of tomorrow, as new figures show record amounts have been donated for apprenticeships. At the start of National Apprenticeship Week (8 – 14 February), eight major land managers, including the National Trust, Natural England, National Park authorities, Canal and River Trust, RSPB, Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and Dorset Council, have launched a new government-backed apprenticeship which sees new countryside rangers achieving the equivalent to a foundation degree through on-the-job training. The new…

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