Membership price changes to help fund biggest ever conservation programme

Conservator cleaning chair at Knole, in Kent
Published : 31 Jan 2018

This year we’re embarking on our biggest ever programme of conservation repairs, maintenance and improvements. To help fund this vital work, we’re putting up our membership prices by an average of 50p a month.

The small increase – which is less than the price of a second class stamp – will help us meet the rising cost of looking after 300 historic homes, 778 miles of coastline and 250,000 hectares of countryside.

Making special places accessible to all

We want to make sure everybody can continue to enjoy the places they love. That’s why we’re writing to around a million members aged over 60 to tell them that we will continue to offer a 25 per cent discount on membership as a thank you for their loyal support.

If you’re over 60 and have been a member for five of the past ten years, you're entitled to the reduced fee.

We’re also proud to introduce a new junior membership that will make our places more affordable for young people. At just £10 a year, the membership offers excellent value for money and will particularly benefit grandparents and extended family who regularly look after children.  

Meanwhile our Essential Companion pass (previously Access For All card) enables members or supporters with a disability to bring any two carers to the places we look after for free.

Vital support of our members

Over the last two years we’ve spent a quarter of a billion pounds on protecting and restoring our historic homes thanks to the support of our incredible five million members.

Sharon Pickford, membership director, said: “We are a charity, we don’t receive any direct Government funding and our conservation costs are increasing. We need help from our members to look after these amazing places. Last year, we spent the equivalent of more than £2 million a week on conservation work. 

‘This included helping to fund big projects such as finishing the 30 year restoration and conservation of Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, the continuing restoration of Knole in Kent and repairing the roof at the Vyne in Hampshire; plus restoring the famous gardens at Stowe in Buckinghamshire and Standen in West Sussex.

‘But it’s not just the big projects we need to fund; money raised through membership also helps fund improvements to facilities – such as car parks, cafes and delivering a programme of events for visitors.  Over the last few years we’ve also responded to members’ feedback to open our doors for longer and for more places to open for 363 days a year.

‘We couldn’t do all of this without the vital support of our members and we thank them for their continued support.’

Price changes

Our membership price changes will take place from 1 March. If you’re an individual member, you’ll pay just £4.20 more a year. Family membership will now cost £120, up from £114.60.

Loyal seniors on our joint membership plan will now pay £85.20 a year – that’s nearly £19 cheaper than the full price.

As well as access to over 500 special places, as a member you’ll receive free car parking, a yearly handbook, a member magazine and the right to vote in our AGM.

Youngsters aged five to 17 who are currently on the young person plan will pay 70% less for a new junior membership. 18-25 year olds will continue to benefit from a 50% discount on individual fees. 

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