LANDMARKS across the North-East turned green to mark the 125th anniversary of the National Trust.

Penshaw Monument, the Northern Spire bridge, Fulwell Mill, Seaburn Lighthouse, Keel Square, Market Square and High Street West in Sunderland were all lit up in the conservation charity's colour at the weekend.

The conservation charity was founded in 1895 to preserve the country's heritage and open spaces.

In a speech to mark the 125th anniversary, its director general Hilary McGrady announced plans to plant 20 million trees over the next decade to tackle climate change and increase access to nature.

The charity has also vowed to continue work to reverse the decline in nature through a range of projects, including helping clean up the nation’s rivers and waterways, reintroduce species and repurpose land in favour of woodland and carbon sequestration.

The lighting also celebrates a partnership between Sunderland City Council and the National Trust, which cares for North-East historic attractions including Washington Old Hall, Souter Lighthouse and the Leas, five miles of coastline between Seaham and Horden and Penshaw Monument.

Sarah Murray, operations Manager for National Trust Washington Old Hall said: “The National Trust looks after several places in and around Sunderland including Penshaw Monument, Washington Old Hall and coastlines to make sure they are there for everyone to enjoy, forever.

“On our 125th anniversary, lighting up significant landmarks old and new across the city is a poignant reminder of the role nature and history plays in our modern, everyday lives.

“Spending time in nature brings benefits for mental wellbeing and physical health. This year the National Trust will run a year-long campaign to connect more people with nature.

“And the more people that connect with nature, the more they’ll look after it for future generations to benefit from.

“We can only achieve this with the support of others, and this lighting celebrates the ongoing partnership between Sunderland City Council and the National Trust to protect and showcase the landmarks, heritage and outdoor spaces that form such an iconic part of Sunderland’s identity.”

Councillor John Kelly, cabinet member for communities and culture at Sunderland City Council, said: “We’re delighted to be lighting landmarks across Sunderland to mark this very special birthday. The National Trust plays a vital role in helping protect and preserve our city’s heritage for everyone to enjoy and it’s only right that we should pay tribute to the fantastic work that they do.”