National Trust To Go Carbon Neutral By Foresting Over Farmland

The charity has committed to planting 20 million trees in the next ten years, re-purposing 18,000 hectares of its land to woodland
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The charity aims to plant 20 million trees by 2030 (Photo: National Trust)

The charity aims to plant 20 million trees by 2030 (Photo: National Trust)

Conservation charity National Trust plans to forest over more than 20,000 acres of farmland, in a bid to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

The non-profit, which governs protected sites such as castles, parks, and pubs across the UK, has committed to planting 20 million trees in the next ten years.

It will have also re-purposed 18,000 hectares of its land to woodland – an area one and a half times the size of Manchester.

'A crisis'

"Climate change is causing a crisis. From floods to fires, nature is in peril," National Trust's Director-General Hilary McGrady said in a statement.

"Not only do we have an ambition to reach net zero, we have a clear plan of how we are going to get there, in ten years. Through people and through places, many, many hands will help us."

Vegan cream tea

Last year, National Trust introduced vegan cream tea in all of its 350 locations with cafes.

We are welcoming more people than ever before to the places we care for who have a variety of tastes and dietary needs, and our menu needs to reflect that," Rebecca Janaway, development chef for the National Trust, said, according to VegNews.

"We know from talking with visitors who are vegan that they are looking for more choice and that they struggle to find classic British comfort food, and what could be more classic than the cream tea."

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