Ten ways membership might change your life
Joining the National Trust might just change your life. From bringing out your inner child when you notice birdsong in the woods, to turning you into an explorer of historic sites, here are the ten signs that membership could be life changing.
1. You become an ultimate explorer
2. You get the beach bug
3. You turn into an amateur Attenborough
4. You remember that you’re just a big kid at heart
This morning they were wild things, building a den from sticks and leaves. Now they’re squirreling around in the branches of a mighty oak. Later they’ll be damming streams with clay and stones. It’s all in a day’s play for your children. So to make sure you’ve always got an idea up your sleeve, we created '50 things to do before you’re 11¾'. Available online, in print or as a smartphone app, it’s full of inspiration for budding explorers.
You know it’s happened when: Your knees are just as muddy as theirs.
5. You become a time traveller
From human footprints preserved for thousands of years to a cotton mill built at the peak of the Industrial Revolution. An iconic ruined castle that survived the Civil War, to the places that inspired some of our most beloved writers. All these stories and more are waiting for you to uncover them, told by people who really know how to bring history to life.
You know it’s happened when: You have a ‘favourite’ historical king or queen.
6. You fall in love with adventure sports
Fancy pedalling your way along miles of dedicated cycle trails, surfing some of the North Atlantic’s best breaks, or canoeing Britain’s great rivers? As a National Trust member, you’re never short of outdoor spaces to unleash your wild side.
You know it’s happened when: You have a whole section of your wardrobe just for Lycra.
7. You discover your inner foodie
Let’s take a moment to talk about cake. And pies. And warming one pots. And, well all the dishes served in our cafés and food outlets. Wherever possible, we use sustainable, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, because whatever’s best for the environment is usually best for our tastebuds. You may even see our gardeners picking ingredients which then appear on your plate. What’s more, every nibble and sip generates vital income for the property, which means you’re helping to care for the places you love.
You know it’s happened when: You make a beeline from the car park to the café.
8. You become a bargain hunter
Living well, entertaining the kids and discovering special places shouldn’t cost the earth. So with monthly payments, you can enjoy membership from as little as £6 a month for an individual membership. That’s less than the cost of a cinema ticket. Or two Sunday papers. Or three cups of coffee. Or… well, you get the idea.
You know it’s happened when: You start telling your friends what great value membership is.
9. You turn into a treasure seeker
As well as caring for special places, we also look after the collections of art, furniture and historical items inside them. Many have incredible stories to tell, like the Roman ring found over 200 years ago, four ornate stained glass windows depicting the seasons by William Morris and a golden winkle that belonged to Sir Winston Churchill. As a National Trust member, you can unlock the secrets of all the treasures we care for.
You know it’s happened when: Everything in your home has a story behind it.
10. You decide to be a conservation champion
As a charity, we rely on membership subscriptions and volunteers, as well as donations and grants, to look after all the places we care for. So as a member you’ll be directly contributing to the protection of over 250,000 hectares of land, over 300 historic houses and gardens, and 780 miles of coastline. And we speak for everyone who loves these places when we say a very big thank you.
You know it’s happened when: You find yourself restoring the footpaths on your favourite walk.