Northern Ireland’s coastal defences could be abandoned

The National Trust, the charity that manages over a fifth of Northern Ireland’s shoreline, says that parts of the coast should be abandoned to the sea. Mount Stewart, one of Northern Ireland’s finest stately homes, is among properties threatened by erosion and rising sea levels.

Mount Stewart, Ireland.

Mount Stewart. Image by Amanda Slater / CC BY-SA 2.0

It has already begun relocating rare plants from its celebrated gardens to save them from the ocean. A new report by the trust says that a ‘bold and imaginative approach’ is needed, ‘ending the ineffective cycle of continually rebuilding hard sea defences and instead relocating buildings, infrastructure and habitats to safe areas further inland at some risk locations’. Read more: 

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