Membership reaches five million

Giant's Causeway stones
Published : 25 Sep 2017

We have now reached the milestone of having five million members, for the first time in our history. Your support is what enables us to fulfil our purpose as a conservation charity.

We have grown our membership by a million more members over the last six years. By way of comparison, it took us 86 years to reach our first million.

In total, 24.5 million people - both members and non-members - visited one of our places with entrance fees, while there were an estimated 200 million trips to the coastal and countryside sites.

This support has meant more money than ever before has been poured back into looking after the 500 places we care for on behalf of the nation.

Chairman Tim Parker, said: 'The National Trust is truly unique. There is no other organisation like it in the world, a charity that looks after historic homes, beautiful landscapes and coastline for the nation, for ever. That’s something I’m proud to be a part of, and something I sense our members, our volunteers and visitors are proud to be part of too.

'That suggests the country's love affair with its heritage and great outdoors has never been stronger. In the busy, noisy world we now live in perhaps it's never been more important to escape to the peace, beauty and inspiration of our places.'

Thanks to this growing support, we have been able to double the number of our curators and to complete a number of major projects this year, including a multi-million pound conservation studio at Knole in Kent, urgent roof repairs at Dyrham Park, near Bath, and the restoration of Quarry Bank Glasshouse in Cheshire.

And we are also helping wildlife and nature. With support from members, visitors and donors, we have plans in place to help wildlife recover by creating 25,0000 hectares (the equivalent of 33,000 football pitches) of new habitats by 2025.

Director-General Helen Ghosh promises conservation will remain 'at the heart of all we do. We can only carry out this programme of maintaining, repairing and improving our places thanks to the support and generosity of our supporters, members and donors.'

5MM Girl in lavender

5 million members: how we got here 

Together we’re making a difference…But how did we get where we are today?

The former Director-General of the National Trust, Dame Helen Ghosh

Thank you to our members from Dame Helen Ghosh 

We have reached five million members for the first time in our history. Our Director-General Dame Helen Ghosh reflects on how your support has allowed us to preserve and protect places of historic interest and natural beauty for 122 years.