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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National Trust launches year of action to tackle ‘nature deficiency’

The National Trust is launching a series of activities to help people engage more with their natural surroundings, as new research released by the conservation charity, shows those with an active ‘engagement’ with nature are more likely to help tackle the nature crisis. This includes a new weekly guide to every day nature connection and a public awareness campaign, including billboards by roads and in railway stations, on the first day of spring. The launch comes a day after Parliament debated the Environment Bill – the Government’s flagship new law…

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National Trust becomes UK’s largest membership body to ditch plastic from its 5m iconic members’ card

The National Trust has become the UK’s largest membership organisation to ditch plastic from millions of its iconic members’ cards, as the charity marks its 125th anniversary. From next week, the charity will begin to remove 12.5 tonnes of plastic, equivalent to two African elephants, from its 5m annually issued membership cards, which will now be made from a super-strength paper. It is thought to be the first time in the UK that the new, entirely recyclable and compostable material is being used for a membership card on such a…

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National Trust set to fund ‘biggest ever conservation spend’ of £3m a week in its 125th year

The National Trust is set to spend an average of £3m every week this year on conservation for the first time as it continues to invest more in houses, collections, coastline and countryside. The news comes as Europe’s biggest conservation charity lays out plans for its biggest ever sustained investment in protecting nature and the environment as it continues to tackle the “crisis caused by climate change which is leaving nature in peril”. Last month, Director General Hilary McGrady announced in a landmark speech that by 2030 the Trust will…

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