About us

Find out more about who we are, what we champion and why.

View of the Church and parkland in the evening
Staff and volunteers gardening at Basildon Park, Berkshire.

About us 

We are a charity and rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from our commercial operations.

Beatrix Potter as an older woman in the Hill Top garden with one of her sheepdogs

Our history: 1884-1945 

The National Trust was founded in 1895. Take a look at our timeline to discover some of the key moments in our past, up to the end of the Second World War.

Painting of Octavia Hill

Octavia Hill - her life and legacy 

Politician and historian Tristram Hunt describes the life and legacy of the extraordinary Octavia Hill.