How you've helped

With your ongoing support we're able to continue our vital conservation work. Thank you for helping to protect these special places

Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland
Thank you for your support

We've always believed that everyone needs nature, yet no one could've predicted how important the natural world would become to all of us as the pandemic took hold. Nature has been there for us when we've needed it most, and with your help, we can continue to protect it in its time of need. 

Although we had to pause many of our projects last year, your continued support has allowed us to create more wildflower meadows, restore woodland, help wildlife to thrive and bring rich histories back to life. Read on to find out more about the essential conservation work you've helped support, and how we can continue to address the climate crisis and decline in nature, together, in 2021 - thank you. 

Reviving woodland with your help

Trees provide homes for wildlife, reduce flooding and clean the air we breathe. Today, however, the UK is the least wooded country in Europe.

With your support we are determined to replenish woodland habitats, which create healthy landscapes that will be more resilient to climate change. At the start of 2020 we made a pledge to plant 20 million trees over the next 10 years. We are still committed to this ambition and, despite the coronavirus crisis, we have made progress.

We're currently working to turn 75 hectares of land at Northwood in West Sussex back into woodland. More than 13,000 trees have already been planted by volunteers, local schools and community groups, providing a haven for both wildlife and people. Your support is making a difference in North Devon too, where 125,000 trees will be planted in the next five years.

Berrington's glass dome from below with it's classic plasterwork captured

Restoration work at Berrington Hall

With your support we were able to save a striking glass dome at the heart of Herefordshire's Berrington Hall — a neo classical mansion known for its Georgian architecture. In recent years the dome showed signs of deterioration, but we've restored it thanks to funding from The Wolfson Foundation, donations from visitors and a generous gift left in the will of a former volunteer.

A beaver swimming in a river

Working with nature's engineers

Your support has made it possible to reintroduce beavers at Holnicote in Exmoor and at Valewood in the South Downs. These shy creatures are helping us prevent flooding and manage the effects of climate change. The pair of beavers at Holnicote have constructed what is thought to be the first beaver dam on Exmoor for more than 400 years.

Conservation cleaning at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

We've achieved so much together 

Coronavirus has had a massive impact on our finances and we've never been more grateful for your support. It's thanks to people like you that we're able to protect nature, beauty and history, for everyone to enjoy, for ever. Read more about the work you've supported so far.

Other ways you can help

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How you're helping to plant trees

Our ambition to plant and establish 20 million trees by 2030 is progressing at pace thanks to your support. After you helped us raise almost £500,000 through Plant a tree, we've been able to plant thousands of young saplings across the UK. We've also identified sites for a further 1.5 million trees to be planted during the next two years. Watch the video to find out how you've supported tree planting at Conygree Farm on the Sherborne Park Estate in Gloucestershire.

Did you know?

  • It costs £3,000 each year to maintain 1 mile of coastline
  • We spent £35.7 million upkeeping the countryside in 2017-18
  • We plan to create 25,000 hectares (61,776 acres) of new habitats by 2025
Children inspecting a log for bugs, with a ranger

Annual report 2019/20 

Our Annual Report and Accounts looks back on our performance last year and looks forward to our future plans. It also includes salary details for our Director-General and executive team.

" Exmoor won my heart as a schoolgirl. It continues to be my special place. Making a donation and spending time working in this breathtaking landscape have made it even more special. With the help of the National Trust, I hope it will be special for everyone, for ever. "

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Thank you

For making a difference

Thank you for supporting the vital conservation work of the National Trust. Together we can help care for these special places for everyone, for ever.