National Trust vows to 'fight for heritage' in public arena

NT calls for public debate to raise British Heritage profile in Government agenda

The National Trust says it wants to start a public debate because the Government is not paying enough attention to British heritage. Trust director general Fiona Reynolds told its annual press briefing in London: “Last year we said the Government was not paying enough attention to our heritage and this year the message has been taken up by some of our sister heritage and conservation organisations. “We want to lead a public policy debate and we will have no hesitation in fighting for our heritage.” She added: “This will be the year of the volunteer. They provide 2.5 million hours of work a year with an estimated value of £14 million.” The trust is to give a £110,000 facelift, starting next month, to the Vinery glasshouses and walled garden at Agatha Christie’s old home, Greenway, near Devonport in Devon. The National Trust will also carry out restoration work at Kingston Lacey in Dorset and Prior Park in Bath (rather than as stated in HW, 20 January). It will also watch the proposed increase in traffic at Stansted Airport in Essex. Reynolds said: “Hatfield Forest is nearby and we will be watching the effect any increase in traffic has on the animals and plants that live there.”

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