Croome court in the winter landscape

Our cause

National Trust founders

Our birthday 

This week it's 127 years since Octavia Hill, Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley founded the National Trust on 12 January 1895. Discover who these unique individuals were – each driven by a common goal – and where and why it all began.

For everyone, for ever

Latest news
Weaned seal at Blakeney National Nature Reserve, Norfolk

2021 weather and wildlife review highlights 

Extreme weather events and natural disasters punctuate a year that saw a range of climate impacts on nature. We explore how unseasonable conditions, wildfires, storms and warm temperatures have made 'winners' and 'losers' out of the UK's wildlife.

Hilary McGrady speaking at the AGM, October 2021

Catch up on the AGM 

The voting results have been announced at the 2021 AGM on 30 October and you can watch a video recording of the day and get the latest news.

Protecting nature, beauty and history

Tackling climate change

Responding to climate change

Watch this video to uncover how we’re responding to the changing climate at places in our care and why we’re calling on the Government to make bigger commitments and bigger changes in this crucial year of climate action. Through local projects, partnerships and funding, we're working to heal climate harm, everywhere we can. Discover how individual places are adapting, how you can get involved, plus check out our hazard map and what happened at COP26.

Peat fields at Edale, part of the High Peak Estate, Derbyshire

Horticultural peat: National Trusts' joint statement  

Peatlands are vital in the fight against both the causes and effects of climate change. This is why we've come together with National Trusts around the world to call for governments to ban the use of peat in horticulture.

Caring for trees

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. We've already planted thousands of young saplings across the UK, and we've also identified sites for a further 1.5 million trees to be planted during the next two years. Watch this video to find out how you've supported tree planting at Conygree Farm on the Sherborne Park Estate in Gloucestershire.

Conservation and discovery

Exploring culture and heritage

" As a charity we appreciate your support now more than ever in these difficult times. Over the past year it’s become clear just how much we all need fresh air, open space and beauty. Your donation today will help look after all our special places for everyone, for ever."
- Lydia Lee, National Trust Fundraising Director

Looking after special places