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A ranger checking on trees planted on the Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Our cause

We’re Europe’s biggest conservation charity and we look after nature, beauty and history for everyone to enjoy. Find out about our work to tackle climate change, protect historic sites and help people and nature thrive. 

About us

Find out who’s who at the National Trust, read our strategy and learn about our history as a conservation charity, plus much more.

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Who we are and what we stand for 

Discover more about our legacy, people and values as a conservation charity. We protect historic places and green spaces while opening them up for everyone, for ever.

The National Trust AGM 2023, STEAM Museum, Swindon

Annual General Meeting 

The 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on 11 November. Watch a video of the event and find out the results of the members' resolutions and Council elections.

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For everyone, for ever: our strategy 

Read about our strategy 'For everyone, for ever' here at the National Trust, which will take the organisation through to 2025.

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Council applications for this year’s election have now closed. Discover how the members of the Council are elected and how they advise on important decisions, inform strategy and keep us connected to the wider public.

Nature and climate

Reducing carbon emissions, planting trees and protecting wildlife habitats: just some of the things we’re doing to protect nature and the climate.

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Nature conservation 

Discover how we work to support a rich variety of land, nature and wildlife across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Ranger removing debris from the hydro at Watendlath, Cumbria

Climate change and sustainability 

Together, we're securing our future with action on climate and the environment. Learn more about how we're responding to the changing climate at places in our care.


How we’re bringing blossom back 

Hedgerows and orchards provide food for insects, homes for wildlife and a spectacle of spring blossom for humans. However, they are disappearing from UK landscapes. Find out more about what we're doing to bring blossoming trees and hedgerows back.

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Weather and Wildlife Review 2023 

Climate change presents serious challenges for nature across the UK. Find out how wildlife fared through the seasons in 2023, and what we're doing to address climate and nature crises.

History and heritage

Find out how your support helps us look after the past, from conserving historic buildings to revealing archaeological sites and supporting urban heritage projects.

Archaeologist revealing a mosaic floor in the northern wing at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire


Archaeology reveals the stories of people and communities from the past. Find out about the Anglo-Saxon burial ground at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire and many other rich and diverse sites.

A close-up of a hand gently brushing a dusty surface with a specialist brush, at Tyntesfield in Bristol

Tackling dust in historic houses 

Discover why the issue of protecting historic surfaces from dust is important to conservation work.

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Rare prayer book returned to Moseley Old Hall 

Father John Huddleston's rare prayer book, possibly used to convert King Charles II to Catholicism on his deathbed, is on display at Moseley Old Hall.

Conservation work being carried out at the studio at Knole in Kent

Our work at the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio 

Find out about the work of our team at the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio in Kent and how we help care for a large number of objects from properties all over the country.


Find out what we're doing to connect the places in our care to the communities they serve and make sure that everyone can benefit from nature, beauty and history.

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Helping communities blossom 

We're working with partners to to give communities more access to nature by planting blossom trees in towns and cities across the UK, so more people can enjoy the beauty and comfort of nature near where they live.

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Addressing unequal access to nature, beauty and history in urban places 

Find out how we're addressing unequal access to nature, beauty and history and supporting urban areas in managing their heritage and green spaces.

Visitors at the sunflower display at Rhosili and South Gower Coast, Wales

Donate to make a difference

Your support is essential to help us look after nature, beauty and history. Make a donation today, and together we can protect precious places for everyone, forever.