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The New Head Of The National Trust Makes An Idiot Of Herself

August 2, 2019

By Paul Homewood

Where do they get these idiots from?



Britain’s formal gardens could be altered irrevocably by climate change, the head of the National Trust has warned.

Hilary McGrady, said that at Ham House in Richmond, west London, just 10 per cent of their daffodil bulbs now flowered because the warming climate was causing a drought in the spring.

Meanwhile, back in the real world:


So who is this Hilary McGrady, who is apparently a climate expert?

She has just taken over from the absurd Helen Ghosh, and this is her bio from the NT:

Hilary will officially take over on 12 March, next year. She succeeds Helen Ghosh who announced earlier this year that she was stepping down to take up a new position.

Hilary, 51, has worked for the National Trust for 12 years, the last four of which have been in the executive team role of Chief Operating Officer.

As Chief Operating Officer, Hilary is responsible for the operation, care and management of all our places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland comprising almost 250,000 hectares of countryside, 778 miles of coastline and more than 500 historic buildings. She oversees their daily running, including conservation and visitor experience, along with the charity’s commercial business. The Trust has enjoyed four consecutive years of growth in visitor numbers, income and conservation spend.

Hilary previously worked as the Trust’s Regional Director firstly in Northern Ireland, then Wales and finally London and the South East.

Originally trained in graphic design, her career path started in the drinks industry in brand and marketing. In 1998, she moved to become director of a national arts charity and was subsequently seconded in 2002 to become CEO of Belfast’s bid to become European Capital of Culture. A two-year return to the private sector as cultural tourism consultant preceded her move to the National Trust.


In other words, she has spent all of her career in marketing and quangocracy. Anything she says that has a proximity with the truth is pure coincidence.

  1. GeoffB permalink
    August 2, 2019 10:30 pm

    my daffodils all died… could be global warming…or maybe slugs or maybe they just rotted in my clay soil..or just bad luck…who knows….I’m gonna plant some more……its not really a crisis….

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      August 3, 2019 8:38 am

      Daffodil fly. She’s not a gardener, either.

  2. Stephen Wilde permalink
    August 2, 2019 10:37 pm

    She was appointed because she is so stupid.
    All our institutions are now in the control of an idiocracy.

  3. HotScot permalink
    August 2, 2019 10:39 pm

    Tragically, I have a sales and marketing background.

    The best means to sell a product or service is by being painfully honest. Lying about stuff, which is what many marketers and sales people feel compelled to do, is so easily overcome by meeting an honest salesman.

    We have all experience of it from meeting bush1tting car salesmen, to con artists on eBay, to meeting an honest sales rep who will find out what you want before recommending a product for you, or sending you elsewhere to get what you want.

    I built a modest career on ensuring people didn’t buy my products, they didn’t want. I would guess that 40% or 50% came back to buy eventually, and I can’t recall a complaint in around 30 years.

    The sort of B/S this woman is spouting is stereotypical pseudo marketing nonsense. Lie to the public’s face and deal with the complaints later. Yet these people are told time and again, it’s much cheaper to retain a customer than get a new one.

    Just tell the effing truth luv. You’ll get a smaller customer base but they will be far more profitable.

    • Pancho Plail permalink
      August 2, 2019 11:50 pm

      For 20 years before setting up my own technical marketing business I worked in marketing for a large corporate. I observed the promotion of people, especially young women, who performed well in meetings and got the eye of senior management but who had little actual ability. They used their more able subordinates to do the work and then took the credit for their work and ideas.
      When their failings were noticed, they moved on to a new organisation and their former managers were happy to give them a good reference so that their failure to spot the deficiencies weren’t revealed to their managers.
      Net result, the bullshitting meeting performers rose to senior levels.

    • Sheri permalink
      August 3, 2019 3:21 am

      HotScot: The surest way to lose my business is to lie to me in marketing. My TV is always in mortal danger running lie after lie after lie by advertisers. Fortunately, the mute button has saved it so far. I would love it if more advertisers had your philosophy. Just tell the truth—the product will sell or it won’t. If it’s good, it will sell and people will come back for more.

  4. Stephen Wilde permalink
    August 2, 2019 10:41 pm

    “Originally trained in graphic design, her career path started in the drinks industry in brand and marketing. In 1998, she moved to become director of a national arts charity and was subsequently seconded in 2002 to become CEO of Belfast’s bid to become European Capital of Culture. A two-year return to the private sector as cultural tourism consultant preceded her move to the National Trust.”

    Obviously an expert (climate?) scientist then. In fact, what is in that cv that gives her any insight into running the NT ?

    • Malcolm Skipper permalink
      August 3, 2019 2:49 pm

      See my reply – August 3, 2019 2:45 pm.

      It’s the drinks industry connection!!!!!!!!

  5. Emrys Jones permalink
    August 2, 2019 11:14 pm

    The NT seems very badly managed. Whenever I have any contact with them I am struck by how insular their management is. The volunteers are excellent, lovely people without exception in my experience, but the paid staff are awful. I feel the NT is a classic example of an organization that has never hit hard times, and if they ever do they will be completely defenceless. As someone who has spent time helping to rescue failing organizations I see all the errors there and already present; it is entirely predictable how they will respond to a drop in revenue, and they will almost certainly get it wrong.

    The blokes who work for the NT can write courteous emails, but for some reason the women have not mastered this basic business skill. I wonder why.

  6. Mack permalink
    August 2, 2019 11:35 pm

    Just had the best spring flowering season in decades for snowdrops, daffs, bluebells and wild garlic in my corner of south west Scotland. The woodland is as lush and as verdant as I can remember for the time of year. The Woodland Trust plot just down the road was equally resplendent, not long after their head honchos told us that bluebells were doomed because of global warming/climate change/climate crisis/climate emergency/climate bollocks etc. If you don’t believe your lying eyes folks the doomster narrative is readily believable. Unfortunately, for the alarmist zealots, the actual facts and evidence at hand prove otherwise. The National Trust, like its’ fellow travellers in the WT, seem to be out with the fairies on this issue. No change there then!

  7. Pancho Plail permalink
    August 3, 2019 12:04 am

    The National Trust seems to have the same attitude to their users as the BBC. Almost every leisure organisation I have come across offers concessionary rates to over 60s. The one exception is the NT, and yet a high proportion of its visitors must be from that age group. It is arrogance, and yet I am sure that they are congratulating themselves for generating high revenues from their most loyal customers.
    I cancelled my membership many years ago over this and their attitudes to green issues.

  8. August 3, 2019 1:21 am

    Alarming that this inane garbage is appearing in the Telegraph.

  9. bobn permalink
    August 3, 2019 1:21 am

    Agree with Mack, Our spring bulbs of all types here in the Thames valley were as glorious as ever. If the NT bulbs at Ham house didnt perform it will be solely because the NT have lost their gardening skills while focusing on politics, PR and pontificating.
    No doubt they put a marketing expert in charge of the gardeners.
    Noticing that the daffodil filled grass was long and untidy in late April/ early May of 2018 the marketeer ordered the mower-man to cut it all down and make it tidy. Result of not letting the Daffs recover energy and die back naturally – no flowers next year.
    We know why your Daffs failed idiot NT person – you have forgotten botany, along with geology, chemistry, physics, geography, history, logic, humility, common sense ……

  10. bluecat57 permalink
    August 3, 2019 1:40 am

    Let me guess. A liberal.

  11. John F. Hultquist permalink
    August 3, 2019 4:08 am

    ” . . . because the warming climate was causing a drought in the spring.”

    Had the drought been in the winter and/or some other things, I might think this was precipitation related.
    My Daffodils bloom with very little spring water, but do get snow in winter and some later.
    The Wikipedia site has information your graphic design lady might find useful, or maybe she should ask one of the National Trust gardeners.

  12. August 3, 2019 6:22 am

    The NT is one of several organisations from which I gave up membership after many years because of the way it was wasting my membership money on things like “tackling climate change”. I recall the NT saying that many of their properties were in danger from “climate change” because of the increase in rainfall, nothing to do with lack of rainfall.

    Sadly too many otherwise excellent organisations have been taken over by the idiots of the greenblob.

  13. Barbara Elsmore permalink
    August 3, 2019 7:28 am

    In the Telegraph article Hilary Grady warns that many of the historic species planted in the 17th century no longer grow, and box hedges were under threat from moth caterpillars which only emerged at National Trust properties five years ago.

    From the European Box and Topiary Society: Where did the pest come from?
    The origin of the moth is recorded as North China, but it has spread a long way since 1859 when it was first identified and now covers large areas of the continent of Europe.
    The consensus is that the wide scale spread is not caused by the flight of the moths, but by commercial movement of infected plants where leaves are carrying undetected eggs.  An example of this was at the 2012 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.  During the build-up, Italian box was imported for planting in the Olympic village where Russian experts then found Cydalima perspectalis in the site.  Control measures using Aktelik, a non-systemic organophosphorus insectoacaricide product with enteric-contact action, failed, resulting in a rapid spread into the natural boxwood in the territory of yew-box grove in the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve.  It has since spread further across Georgia and where all the Buxus plants have suffered from the caterpillar. 
    Box blight which previously decimated box plants was introduced in the same way.
    I too am very disappointed that my daily newspaper simply issues press releases on behalf of anyone wishing to mention the words ‘climate change’ – much like every other news source regrettably.

  14. Athelstan. permalink
    August 3, 2019 8:58 am

    Another corporate divesity quota moves into a vastly overpaid salary and on the taxpayer ticket (must be thinking about cruises and pensions – yessiree) – lalaland UK aka the public sector.

    rejoice, what the flip does she know – evidently not much but beaten over the head by her ignorance – you will be.

    Sail on and enjoy, life for some is demonstrating, boasting of, your lack of knowledge and then all virtue signalling to the twatterati – good innit, easy moolah, your london friends just love it and the bbc and EU too!

  15. Phoenix44 permalink
    August 3, 2019 9:04 am

    Lordy, have we never before had a somewhat dry spring do you think?

    These imbeciles seem to actually believe that prior to Climate Change the weather was wholly without variation and was perfect everywhere and at every moment. It’s like arguing with children who have lived their lives in caves.

  16. mikewaite permalink
    August 3, 2019 9:11 am

    We live near Dunham Massey estate in Cheshire, given to the NT in the 1950s by the last Earl of Stamford. Walking across one of the fields about 3 years ago I remarked on the beautiful dark soil to the farmer who was ploughing it . He told me that he was one of the last renants allowed to do ploughing, because he had inherited the tenancy. New tenants had to agree to use non- ploughing drill sowing – in order to prevent climate change.
    At Dunham massey Hall they are converting from natural gas power to biomass, which will presumably mean convoys of lorries bring woodchips along narrow Cheshire lanes day and night. Since the Bridgewater canal runs through the estate I suggested to one of the volunteers that they use barges instead of diesel fuelled lorries to bring the woodchips from Ellesmere Port to a wharf at Little Bollington . He looked at me as if I was mad. They have not yet put up wind turbines in the Deer park , but that is presumably the next step.
    Incidentally the Winter Garden there continues to improve since it was started just a few years ago and the snowdrop and daffodil display this year was outstanding.

  17. Corrupt de Lion permalink
    August 3, 2019 9:44 am

    Wonderful year for spring flowers and roses. Could be due to the manure I got in, of course. But naturalised daffs terrific as well. I have noticed this year an exceptional overgrowth around the country paths we frequent. Was it a wet spring? I didn’t notice. I think it’s the CARBON DIOXIDE EFFECT.

  18. August 3, 2019 10:10 am

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  19. Gerry, England permalink
    August 3, 2019 10:38 am

    I don’t mind visiting their properties as I presume your entrance money stays within that property but there is no way I would become a member while the looney left run the show. Difficult to see how McGrady could be worse than Ghosh bit no doubt she will try.

  20. john cooknell permalink
    August 3, 2019 10:48 am

    Bur her hair and Teeth look OK

  21. Newminster permalink
    August 3, 2019 11:19 am

    Here in the south-east corner of Burgundy we can’t move for daffodils in March/April. I planted about 100 four to five years ago and this year dug up and gave away at least that number and re-planted about the same. So whatever is affecting the NT ones it sure as hell isn’t climate change.

    Incidentally, in spite of the longstanding gardening “advice” that global warming meant we would need to replace all our traditional British favourites with Mediterranean plants, virtually everything that thrived in central Scotland 10 years ago is thriving here — only better. The main exception appears to be runner beans and the rhubarb prefers it a bit shady.

  22. Malcolm Skipper permalink
    August 3, 2019 2:45 pm

    “So who is this Hilary McGrady, who is apparently a climate expert?”

    Is the clue in her NT bio? “Originally trained in graphic design, her (Hilary McGrady’s) career path started in the drinks industry in brand and marketing.”

    10 May 2019, The Daily Telegraph published “Why technology could make climate change better – and worse” by Natasha Bernal and Hasan Chowdhury. Part way through –
    “Another option to reduce air pollution is by so-called direct air capture, which is technology that can catch and remove pollution from the atmosphere. As Professor X explains, scientists would find and use a molecule that likes to consume CO2 (sic), absorbing it and liquifying (sic) it. This could then be sold as fertiliser to farmers, or even used in drinks, he explained.”

    NB. Professor X responded to my e-mail and explained his ‘explanation’ reported by Bernal and Chowdhury – which was a misrepresentation. However, the Telegraph had informed me that Bernal and Chowdhury had deadlines to meet and were busy reporters so may not reply to my e-mails – which they didn’t even though subsequently I sent them directly.

  23. MrGrimNasty permalink
    August 3, 2019 3:01 pm

    Daffodils failing to bloom is not uncommon. SEVERE lack of water is a possibility but rarely a cause, since by the time they would naturally die down, the soil moisture built up over winter has yet to be exhausted. Spring drought would therefore not figure. There are a myriad of reasons, too congested, in too much shade, lack of feed……. to name a few.

    The condition has a name, Daffodil blindness, much like the condition affecting climate alarmists and the truth.

  24. August 4, 2019 1:14 am

    It’s disturbing to see people here say that she can’t comment cos she has no climate expertise.
    You don’t have to be a climate expert to be able to comment on climate.

    However if someone has worked in top management you’d expect them to have some CRITICAL THINKING expertise
    Here she has been fed a big story by a gardener at one place
    and then moved to a conference and regurgitated and applied as a universal
    FFS Just cos someone tells you daffodils no longer grow cos there be a change to drought conditions, you don’t have to accept that as true.
    You should know extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence.

  25. August 4, 2019 1:23 am

    It’s pretty easy to set a date search in Twitter limited to before April 1st 2019
    and find people tweeting photo’s of Daffodils in Richmond

    • August 4, 2019 9:51 am

      I can’t see that Ham House is famous for great swathes of Daffodils cost people rarely tweet about them
      i dare say a search of Facebook or something might yield something

  26. George Lawson permalink
    August 4, 2019 7:47 am

    “Originally trained in graphic design” What wonderful experience to make her a great authority on the complex world of global warming.

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