The South West gatehouse and keep at Corfe Castle, Dorset © Will Wilkinson/National Trust

The South West gatehouse and keep at Corfe Castle, Dorset

What we protect

We protect some of the most important spaces and places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We take care of historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and pubs - and then we open them up for ever, for everyone.

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Who we are

Quentin Blake sketch of Octavia Hill

Quentin Blake sketch of Octavia Hill

We were founded in 1895 by three passionate Victorians who wanted to preserve outdoor spaces and prevent them from being built on. Discover more about where we've come from and meet Octavia Hill, the visionary behind our organisation.

Big issues

While we're very passionate about open spaces and historic places, we're working hard in other areas too. We care about energy, the environment, food, farming, transport and heritage - to name just a few of our concerns.

More about us

Are children out of touch with nature?

Writer and TV Producer Stephen Moss explains why he believes children need to spend more time playing outdoors and not become a generation of 'battery hens'.

What's in season

Local and seasonal food is something that we care deeply about. You'll find our month-by-month calendar to what's in season with tips on growing your own.