Trust in the future–but what of the past?
IN February last year, the National Trust announced a joint investment of £4.25 million with Sports England to develop new cycle trails at ‘10 of our places’ over the next 18 months. The intention was to create ‘waymarked all-weather trails [that] will allow visitors to use pedal power to get active and explore the great outdoors’. A laudable undertaking to encourage healthy living, you might think. But the details that have emerged are not merely unexpected, they are worrying.
The coyly described ‘places’ turn out to be the landscapes of a series of major houses: Wallington, Nostell Priory, Calke Abbey, Croome, Ickworth, Wimpole, Osterley, Blickling, Kingston Lacy and