About us

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

View of the Church and parkland in the evening
The Director-General of the National Trust, Dame Helen Ghosh

Helen Ghosh to step down as Director General 

Dame Helen has announced she will be leaving us in March next year. She has been our Director-General since 2012 and takes up a new position as the Master of Balliol College at Oxford University in April 2018.

Estate volunteer Colin hammering nails in to a fence post

Who are we? 

Meet some of the people that work to help protect and look after special places. We are a charity and your money goes directly towards keeping places special for ever, for everyone.

Conservation of an 18th century chandelier

The people behind our places 

Our roles are as diverse as the people we employ, and we work together so everyone can enjoy the places our country has to offer.

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.

Rhossili Bay, Wales

Our fundraising promise 

Your ongoing support and generosity helps to protect the UK's best-loved places, and ensure they remain special for everyone to enjoy. That's why we're a part of the Fundraising Regulator's self-regulatory scheme, and why, when you make a donation to us you can be confident that our fundraising is legal, open, honest and respectful.