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ICAN re­as­sure Mary Lloyd that we have cer­tainly not de­cided ‘to aban­don the sav­ing of coun­try houses’ (‘Our coun­try­side is not in Trust-wor­thy hands’, Let­ters, Au­gust 10). The Trust was founded to look af­ter places of his­toric in­ter­est and nat­u­ral beauty and has al­ways stepped for­ward to serve the na­tion in its great­est hour of con­ser­va­tion need. In the 1940s and 1950s, it was great houses; in the 1960s, it was our coast­line; to­day, it’s our land and Na­ture, but it has never been one choice over an­other.

We now have more than 200 his­toric houses and their con­tents in our care, along with many other her­itage build­ings and mon­u­ments. We will be spend­ing £1 bil­lion on the con­ser­va­tion of our his­toric build­ings, gar­dens and coun­try­side over the next 10 years. Multi-mil­lion­pound projects such as those at Knole (above), The Vyne and Cas­tle Drogo are just three ex­am­ples of where we are in­vest­ing in con­ser­va­tion of our his­toric houses.

If a his­toric house—or, in­deed, any other his­toric build­ing —were at risk, with a tan­gi­ble threat to its future, and we were the right or­gan­i­sa­tion to take it on with the re­sources to do so in per­pe­tu­ity, we would al­ways con­sider it. Helen Ghosh, Direc­tor-gen­eral, Na­tional Trust

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