COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: National Trust asks for more protection of landmark jewels

The National Trust is using an English Heritage survey revealing huge public interest in heritage issues to call on the Government to offer greater protection to England's historic landmarks.

The first annual Heritage Counts report, published last month with the help of 24 heritage organisations, showed that National Trust volunteers contribute 2.4 million hours of their time to the charity.

The trust wants the Government to develop a White Paper emphasising the importance of heritage sites as economic, social and environmental resources, and make a clear commitment to extend lottery funding beyond 2009.

"We know that by involving people in caring for their heritage, they take far more pride in their local area," said Fiona Reynolds, director-general of the trust.

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