National Trust job cuts are likely to affect some of Herefordshire's best known historical attractions.

Where and how the axe is falling is yet to be defined, but the Brockhampton Estate near Bromyard, Berrington Hall near Leominster and Croft Castle, near Aymestrey as are likely to be affected as any Trust property in the UK.

The organisation warned in July that it might have to make 1,200 people redundant nationally, to deal with the fallout from the pandemic, has said it is making 514 compulsory redundancies following consultation.

The National Trust has now confirmed it has been able to halve the number of compulsory job losses following the biggest redundancy consultation in its 125-year history as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Following 45 days of consultation, which saw the Trust consider more than 14,500 pieces of feedback from staff and volunteers, the charity said it is making 514 compulsory redundancies, which includes 62 hourly paid staff, as a result of the impact of the coronavirus crisis. It has also accepted 782 voluntary redundancies, including 146 from hourly paid staff.

Following the consultation, a number of changes have been made to the original proposals, including retaining roles focused on helping children learn, keeping curation specialists across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, increasing buildings maintenance roles, and introducing new specialist roles for land use, soils and carbon reduction.

Director General Hilary McGrady paid tribute to staff, volunteers and members who have shared their views on the proposals, and said the charity’s plans were putting it on course for a secure financial future.

She said: “It’s with deep sadness that we have to make redundancies. I certainly don’t want to stop any of the extraordinary work done by the people of the National Trust.

“No leader wants to be forced into announcing any redundancies, but coronavirus means we simply have no other choice if we want to give the charity a sustainable future. We have exhausted every other avenue to find savings, but sadly we now have to come to terms with the fact that we will lose some colleagues. We will do all we can to support those who are leaving, and others affected by these significant changes.

“In making these changes now, I am confident we will be well-placed to face the challenges ahead, protecting the places that visitors love and nature needs, and ensuring our conservation work continues long into the future.”