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How to become a National Trust Certified Drone Supplier.

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

As many commercial photographers, filmmakers and drone owners know, the National Trust can be known for its beautiful properties, stunning gardens and relatively strict policies on photography and drone technology.

At a time when anyone can go out and purchase a drone, it is vital that there are guidelines in place to protect the land that the National Trust has worked so hard to protect, while maintaining a high standard of peace, conservation and protection for both wildlife and humans.

The National Trust's policy on drone states:

The use of aerial vehicles is also prohibited by the Trust “byelaws”. The byelaws reflect the charitable core purposes of the Trust to enable us to preserve special places for the nation.

We therefore do not allow drone flying from or over National Trust land. The only exception being contractors or staff who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have specific insurances and have been commissioned or authorised by the Trust for a specific purpose – and in these cases the activity is strictly controlled.

As of March 2020, Bad Wolf Horizon Ltd. are proud to be a National Trust supplier for drone services and we have already completed a number of projects with the National Trust at a number of locations across Cornwall.

The process of becoming a certified drones supplier was not a quick easy one. Once a drone project had been established, we had to adhere to a strict set of guidelines, deliver all of the necessary qualifications, insurance and proof of competency procedures, which took place over a couple of weeks. From there, we were onboard and we had achieved highly sort after and positive accolade for our business.

On our most recent project, we provided drone photography, aerial filming and drone time lapse work at Trelissick Gardens, due to upcoming renovation work and their desire to document the process. This was an incredible project that we were grateful to be a part of, as we were given uninterrupted access to the gardens, outside of visitor hours. We flew using our DJI Inspire 2 series, using a 2-man crew (drone pilot and camera operator) to provide never before seen images of Trelissick, the King Harry Ferry and stunning views from above and all the way down Carrick Roads to Falmouth. It was a beautiful sunset and we were really happy with the images that we captured during our day of work.

Full video coming soon!

With a couple of our other National Trust projects, unfortunately postponed until 2021, due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, we are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a well-established and environmentally positive brand across Cornwall and the rest of the UK.

Bad Wolf Horizon Ltd. is an award-winning drone company, based in the South West of the UK, with a head office in Helston, Cornwall. We regularly travel for work and our drone services are available across the UK and abroad. Get in touch for details:

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