Rumour has it that the NT are under considerable pressure from shooting interests to back down from their much-welcomed and much-heralded proposed position on grouse shooting, heather burning and raptor persecution in the High Peak.
I hope the rumours are wrong – they often are.
The National Trust doesn’t currently have much to shout about in its nature conservation work. If they were to bend to pressure then I would suggest that some of its current supporters, not huge numbers but some, would lose patience completely. There are plenty of places for us to send our hard-earned money and supporting the NT doesn’t come cheap.