National Trust marks 125th anniversary of first land acquisition

Press release
Seascape view from Dinas Oleu, gorse-covered cliffs rising behind Barmouth
Published : 31 Mar 2020

The National Trust is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its first land acquisition at Dinas Oleu in North Wales by offering those in isolation a chance to enjoy stunning spring images of the landscape.

The five-acre parcel of land on the hillside above Barmouth with views of the Llŷn Peninsula was gifted to the National Trust on 29 March 1895 by philanthropist Fanny Talbot.

But despite having closed its houses, shops, cafes, parks, gardens and car parks, to help in the nation’s fight against the coronavirus, the conservation charity is offering people the chance to still enjoy the landscape with a new set of stunning images, taken at the start of the week, which has burst into life in the last couple of weeks with the arrival of spring.

Today the Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 780 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Hilary McGrady, Director General of the National Trust says: “The Trust was founded 125 years ago for the benefit of the nation – with our founders particularly wanting to ensure everyone had access to beauty and nature.  In light of current circumstances, the same is true today and we want to honour our mission by doing everything that we can to bring nature, beauty and history to your homes in the coming weeks, starting with Dinas Oleu and where it all began.

“Over the coming weeks our digital platforms - social media feeds, website, podcasts and video - will become even more important, ensuring the places of nature, beauty and history that we care for on behalf of the nation can remain open for business virtually while we are temporarily closed.

“We hope this will help people connect with nature wherever they are and to find moments of joy in the world around them. We will be providing rich content and staying in touch with our members and followers throughout this time.”

Blue skies, sandy shores and coastal scenery at Dinas Oleu can all be admired across the Trust’s digital platforms.