It was good to read Peter Campbell’s view that the National Trust will be key to unlocking demand for electric cars in the UK (“Stately homes could herald a UK electric motor revolution”, FT Weekend, September 21). I hope this view isn’t surprising or uncommon. As he says, we are already rolling out electric charging points across our places.

Mr Campbell’s view that the Trust is more associated with “manicured flowerbeds and stifling tea rooms than pioneering technology” is one I like less. We are Europe’s biggest conservation organisation. We work in the here and now and climate change is the biggest threat to the places and nature we care for. We have been pioneering technology for many years: to increase our renewable energy production, decrease our use of fossil fuels, and to improve our conservation work. We have ambitious plans for further success.

Our flowerbeds are beautiful but they’re also home to millions of invertebrates and pollinators. And our tea has always spoken for itself.

“Peculiarly British,” yes. “Stifling”, never.

Hilary McGrady
Director-General., National Trust,
Swindon, Wiltshire, UK

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