About the National Trust
In 2020 we're celebrating 125 years since the National Trust was founded. With the help of our supporters, we protect and care for special places so people and nature can thrive for generations to come.
As Europe’s largest conservation charity, we look after nature, beauty and history for the nation to enjoy. And it’s all thanks to the millions of members, volunteers and staff that support us. Without your help, we wouldn't be able to care for the miles of coastline, woodlands, countryside and the hundreds of historic buildings, gardens and precious collections that we protect.
" We all want quiet. We all want beauty... We all need space. Unless we have it, we cannot reach that sense of quiet in which whispers of better things come to us gently."
In 1895 nature and culture risked becoming afterthoughts in the drive for progress. In Camden for our anniversary, we worked with artist Ed Hicks to create a mural that was inspired by the natural landscape.
The Thorneythwaite ranger team and Laura Ruxton, General Manager, bravely ascended 784m (2572 feet) to the snow capped peaks of Thorneythwaite to light a beacon flame.
On 29 March 1895, just a few weeks after we were founded, the five acres of clifftop at Dinas Oleu was the first piece of land we would protect for everyone, for ever.
Nestled in the heart of Leicestershire, Stoneywell survives as the realisation of one man's dream for a simpler life, and the enduring embodiment of a rural escape.
The team at Runnymede braved the wind and rain to light their beacon - it looked amazing. Lit by the National Trust's Chairman, Tim Parker and three young supporters Catherine, Arjun and Veronika.
Hilary marked our 125th birthday with a speech about the next chapter in our story: responding to the crisis facing our environment and inspiring more people to connect with the natural world.
To celebrate our 125th anniversary, the words of National Trust co-founder Octavia Hill have appeared in locations across the country. We worked with artist Manou Bendon to bring Octavia Hill's words to an urban setting.
Connecting with nature wherever you live
Artist, Manou Bendon said, "It's a great honour for the Media Gang team to be involved with this project for the National Trust. The words from Octavia Hill are beautiful but also relevant and poignant in this current climate crisis."
In 1895, our founders, Octavia Hill, Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley pledged to preserve our historical and natural places. Their aim was not only to save important sites, but to open them up for everyone to enjoy.
From this trio of environmental pioneers, the National Trust was created – and their original values are still at the heart of everything we do 125 years later.
For all our hard work, it’s really supporters like you who are doing what matters most: keeping nature and history flourishing. You help us care for:
- Over 780 miles of coastline
- More than 250,000 hectares of land
- Over 500 historic houses, castles, parks, and gardens
- Nearly one million works of art
Our shared places stretch across the nation, from Lizard Point in Cornwall, to Lindisfarne in Northumberland and Florence Court in Northern Ireland.
Community spirit is the motivator to making special places better for everyone, and we're working to open up city landscapes to encourage nature back into urban areas, partnering with councils and other organisations to achieve this.
Working with local communities, it’s part of our mission to get green spaces back into towns and cities.
Young people from urban areas are taking part in our Green Academies Project, developing skills and confidence and improving green spaces at the same time.
In what is the largest collaboration of its kind, we’ve partnered with Alzheimer’s Society on an ambitious three-year collaboration to make all 500 National Trust historic and countryside sites dementia-friendly.
With your help we’ve been able to start repairing Marsden Moor, which was devastated by fires in 2019.
The Northwood tree planting project aims to transform the land at Slindon Estate back to its former glory, giving back to nature in a way that protects it.
Join our 125 challenge
In this special anniversary year, we’d love you to join our 125 challenge and raise £125 for special places. Become a fundraising champion and help protect heritage, landscapes and wildlife.