How Landmark is adapting to climate change

How you can help

The Landmark Trust was founded to preserve and share historic buildings and places. For almost sixty years our approach to buildings, furniture and life in general has been about adapting and reusing. We believe heritage is part of the solution to the extraordinary challenges of climate change and are committed to continuing to play our part in tackling them.

Landmark has drawn up an ambitious plan to make our work even more environmentally sustainable.

We are working to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2045 and to halve our carbon emissions by 2037.

Among the many steps we will take to achieve this are:

  • Installing electric car charging points at all Landmarks with parking
  • Ensuring all new Landmarks have renewable or low-carbon heating and hot water systems
  • Converting ten of our biggest carbon emitting buildings to renewable energy
  • Installing wind and solar infrastructure on Lundy to power the island with green energy
  • Undertaking a national programme of insulation and draught-proofing across our buildings
  • Expanding recycling facilities across Landmark's estate

We are making progress, but we cannot accomplish all that must be done alone.

In addition to working closely with environmental change experts we're also members of networks such as Fit for the Future and we recently launched a Greener Landmark Fund, dedicated to supporting Landmark's commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2045, and sooner if possible.

Landmark’s environmental sustainability plans

We will be working to ensure all new Landmarks have sustainable heating systems, with no new oil and gas - maximising use of renewable and low-carbon energy sources.

Meanwhile we will be undertaking audits of all our fossil fuel powered heating systems, identifying suitable alternatives for implementation as they expire.

We are installing electric car charging points at our properties, with 18 Landmarks already provided with them. We are installing photovoltaic cells and tiles on our sites, including a small array near Fairburn Tower and solar tiles on internal slopes at Belmont and Calverley Old Hall.

We will be managing our landscapes to better foster biodiversity and nature conservation.

Protecting our most vulnerable buildings

A significant number of Landmarks are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as coastal erosion, storms and flooding. We are working to mitigate these risks, seeking to adapt buildings to their conditions. At Saddell Castle, for example, we are replanning the accommodation to make better use of the upper floors of the building, and will be carrying out roof works to ensure it can bear heavier rainfall.

How you can help now

Donate to our new fund, dedicated to helping fulfil Landmark's commitment to adapt to climate change, such as adding electric vehicle charge points at our properties, installing air and ground source heat pumps, using solar panels and triple glazed windows, planting trees, paying for waste re-cycling services and protecting wildlife.

Donate to the Greener Landmark Fund

How you can help when you stay in a Landmark

Landmark’s guests can also play a role in minimising our environmental footprint, for instance by following the recycling guidance provided in each property or choosing a Landmark served by public transport. We want you to enjoy a comfortable stay, but also to consider energy usage as you might at home. Switching off appliances, closing doors and windows and turning heating down or off if it isn’t needed can all make a real difference.