We recently expressed the fear that the acquittal of Mark Hankinson, previously sentenced for teaching hunts how to break the law, might mean the National Trust might reverse its own decision to ban hunts from its land. The fear was reinforced by the Countryside Alliance’s statement that in view of the acquittal “it would be entirely unreasonable if the Trust were not to review that decision“.

However, a National Trust spokesperson has told MailOnline:

We will not be reviewing our position on trail hunting as a result of this appeal“. and explained that “There were many contributing factors in our decision to no longer issue trail hunting activities on National Trust land, including the appropriate use of charitable funds, the risk of reputational harm to the Trust and the result of the recent members’ resolution vote on this matter at our October 2021 Annual General Meeting.