Beginnings and endings

Beginnings and endings

As it’s January, named after Janus the Roman god of doorways, entrances and exits, beginnings and endings, and because I’m leaving NAT at the end of this month, it’s inevitable that I want to look both back and forward in this, my last, blog. Looking back over the...
On the particular

On the particular

In the run up to Christmas it’s natural to reflect on the year that has passed, and to start plans for the future. As many of you know, I’m leaving NAT at the end of January, so it’s been particularly poignant over recent weeks to visit sites for last...
On streamlining lumps and bumps

On streamlining lumps and bumps

The consultation period for the government’s Planning for the Future White Paper closed at the end of October. The stated aims of the proposals issued by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are ‘to streamline and modernise the planning process,...
‘bleated-into, grassy spaces’

‘bleated-into, grassy spaces’

Last month I visited Middleton Mount to carry out my regular site inspection and was accompanied by these inquisitive creatures. I’m always very happy to see the arrival of the sheep here in August when they begin their job of tidying up the long grass and smoothing...
Access: finding a balance

Access: finding a balance

A phenomenon of the COVID-19 crisis has been a nation-wide increase in visits to outdoor spaces. This is reflected in the high numbers of people visiting national parks, city parks and beaches as seen on the news.  We have also seen increases in visitors to NAT sites,...