National Trust set to lose £200 million after lockdown

Hilary McGrady, National Trust Director General

The National Trust could lose £200 million this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Trust has asked the Government for “urgent, practical” support after several projects have been forced to stop.

The NT had to close its homes, parks and gardens when lockdown was introduced.

Hilary McGrady, the NT’s Director General said “a sharp drop in income” is threatening the country’s environmental sector.

She said: “We lost about 50% of our annual income literally overnight.”

Ms McGrady urged ministers to step in and “address nature, wildlife and environmental organisations with an immediate offer of support”.

And she called on the Government to be environmentally minded in its economic recovery plan.

She said: “Delivering green infrastructure will create new jobs and makes economic sense and there have been some encouraging signs from Government.

“No doubt some will argue for high-tariff fixes […] in some cases cutting back on environmental checks and spending to deliver these.

“Others will want the Government to dilute its proposed new nature-friendly farming legislation.

“They must not win.

“If we sacrifice the environmental progress we have made, everyone will suffer.”


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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