Visitor taking in the view at Pentire Head, Cornwall

Our cause

Volunteers repairing a dry stone wall in the Usk Valley

Who are we? 

Meet some of the people that work to help protect and look after special places. We are a charity and your money goes directly towards keeping places special for ever, for everyone.

How we're helping

Three puffins on rocks on Inner Farne Island.

Counting the Farne Island puffins 

Every five years, the Farne Island rangers set out in search of footprints, tracking puffins to their burrows to count the island's population. Find out how keeping count can help protect one of the nation's favourite seabirds.

Matthew Oates, our specialist volunteer for butterflies, holding a pair of binoculars

The butterfly effect: a farewell from Matthew Oates 

After 30 years as the National Trust's butterfly expert, the time has come for Matthew Oates to hang up his net. Join him one last time to find out how butterflies have touched his life and how we can make sure they affect others for many years to come.

Marine litter on a beach

Phasing out single use plastics 

We're committed to creating safe and healthy places for nature and wildlife to thrive. To help us safeguard nature for the future, we're phasing out single use plastics at our places. Find out how we're kicking the plastic habit.

Artist impression of what Seaton Delavall Hall will look like when recreated

Donate to our Bring Stories to Life appeal 

Three very special places need your support in 2018. Will you help with donations to transform and revitalise Sutton Hoo, Seaton Delaval Hall and Stowe Gardens? With your support we can bring their stories to life and help visitors experience their true spirit and heritage.