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we know the way ahead is never a straight road

But we also know it’s better to choose your own path than have it chosen for you.

So we’re facing the problems we know will challenge us, and we’re using the legacy of the Partnership to help us tackle that.

1: the climate bone's connected to the habitat bone...

We know we will be affected by the changing climate, and the global collapse in biodiversity. And we know that that means we need to step up in terms of our impact; and we as stewards of this place need to encourage others to do the same. Our Visitor Charter speaks of this loudly all the way through; and ends with a call to action for all our visitors to be climate canny with us.

Photo: James Breslin / National Trust

2: the habitat we care for now is the habitat we enjoy tomorrow

We know we need to steward our land – and everything that lives in it. By deciding to manage waste, communicate with our visitors about this, protect the flora and fauna that we live with, we give it a chance to thrive and flourish, despite the many, many threats if faces from humans, traffic, pollution, the climate emergency and development. It’s part of our place, too.

3: we are imagining an economy that serves all life on earth

We’re starting to think about how to bring in planetary boundaries and social justice into our economic thinking. That means low impact transport, bikes and walking trails, sustainable business practice, encouraging people to buy local food and drink, art, and services, teaching everyone how to look after our rich habitat wealth while at the same time reducing our own impact on our planet. Doughnut Economics helps us do this, and staff participated in the Cornwall Doughnut Collective to see how we can collaborate and learn. You can see more here.