What we're doing to protect Britain's glorious buildings, landscapes and coastlines.

Hambledon Hill in Dorset: a place rich in beauty, history and wildlife © Ross Hoddinott

Hambledon Hill in Dorset: a place rich in beauty, history and wildlife

The National Trust was founded on the simple and enduring idea that people need historic, beautiful and natural places. They offer us perspective, escape, relaxation and a sense of identity. The natural world also gives us fresh air, clean water and clear seas.

Despite this, these places are under greater threat than ever before.

Looking after the places in our care now and in the future is our first responsibility. But our strategy is also about how we rise to the big challenges of the 21st century and how we work with others to find solutions.

  • Snowdon hydro at National Trust Hafod y Llan farm © National Trust / John Millar

    Looking after the nation’s special places

    We’ll spend around £1bn over the next ten years on the conservation of our houses, gardens and countryside, including £300m on clearing the backlog of repairs. We’ll continue to play our part in mitigating climate change, cutting our energy usage by 20 per cent by 2020 and sourcing 50 per cent of that from renewable sources on our land.

  • Small Tortoiseshell at Ashridge © C Wise

    A healthier, more beautiful natural environment

    We’ll develop new economic models of land use to share with others and champion the role of nature in our lives. We’ll work with our tenant farmers to improve all our land to a good condition. We will work with other organisations to conserve and renew the nation’s most important landscapes.

  • Actors bring the stories of Stamford Hospital to life © National Trust/David Jones

    Experiences that move, teach and inspire

    People’s tastes are changing and their expectations continue to grow. We’ll work harder to give our visitors experiences that are emotionally rewarding, intellectually stimulating and inspire them to support our cause. We will invest in major changes at our most visited houses to transform how we tell the story of why they matter.

  • Child playing on tyre swing at Chirk Castle adventure playground © NTPL

    Helping look after the places where people live

    Budget cuts mean that many public green spaces enjoyed by local communities are now under threat. We’ll explore what role we could play in helping safeguard their future. We’ll also look at ways of supporting local heritage impacted by spending cuts, playing a leading role in the annual Heritage Open Days event.