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Supporter groups in Devon

Two volunteers collect fallen apples in the orchards at Killerton, Devon
Volunteers collecting fallen apples | © National Trust Images / Ross Hoddinott

Devon has a thriving network of supporter groups, united by their interest in our projects and the places in our care. Volunteer groups focus on hands-on activities like coppicing, apple picking and stewarding busy events. Centres and associations offer a year-round social programme of talks and trips. Wherever you join in Devon, these groups are a great way to deepen your connection to local National Trust places.

Why join a supporter group?

Getting together with other National Trust enthusiasts, members and volunteers who feel passionate about the same things is priceless. Sharing unique experiences and finding out more about the places you care about is what being part of a local National Trust supporter group is all about.

From listening to expert talks and going on behind-the-scenes tours to taking relaxing holidays or restoring natural habitats in the great outdoors, you’ll be part of something amazing. Supporter groups promote and assist the National Trust’s work within their local area and raise money for conservation and development projects through all kinds of events.

The Exeter National Trust Volunteer (NTV) Group

The Group was founded in 1981 and brings together members from the Exeter area to support National Trust projects and events.

They hold twice-monthly work events on Sundays, with occasional evenings in summer when they help with stewarding and car parking for events at Killerton.

Adult and child volunteers at a family muck-in working on a hedgerow at Lower Halsdon Farm in Exmouth, Devon
Volunteers at a family muck-in at Lower Halsdon Farm in Exmouth, Devon | © National Trust Images / Steve Sayers

Honiton, Ottery and District Association

The Association pride themselves on their friendliness. Their year-round programme ensures that members who live on their own or are new to the area can meet like-minded people.

Newton Abbot Association

Since 1983, the Newton Abbot Association has been supporting the National Trust by raising money for conservation and development projects. You don’t need to be a National Trust member to join – Association members receive an informative quarterly newsletter with booking forms for events and trips.

Plymouth Centre

Formed in 1967, the Centre’s members from the Plymouth area, South Hams and across the border to Cornwall continue to have a lively programme of activities. We keep in contact with local National Trust properties enabling us to inform members of events through our Spring/Autumn Newsletters.

Sidmouth National Trust Supporters Group

The Sidmouth National Trust Supporters Group was formed in 1974 and continues to offer a lively programme of activities. Anyone in Sidmouth or the surrounding area interested in the aims of the National Trust can join.

Visitors make their way through the entrance into Castle Drogo, Devon
Entrance at Castle Drogo | © National Trust Images / John Millar

South Hams Centre

This supporter group covers the southernmost part of Devon, reaching almost to Plymouth in the west and Brixham in the east and going as far north as the edge of Dartmoor.

South Devon National Trust Volunteer (NTV) Group

Volunteer groups help National Trust staff, getting hands-on with conservation days and weekend events. Activities range from footpath and step construction to planting and coppicing.

Torbay Centre

The Centre was founded in 1969 and has over 300 members, who mainly come from Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Funds raised from the year’s activities support National Trust projects locally and beyond.

Guided walks around Clent Hills in partnership with Cotswold Outdoors, Worcestershire

All about supporter groups

Find more information on supporter groups and up-to-date contact details for each group.

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Supporter group directory 

Use the supporter group directory (PDF) to find membership enquiry contact details and links to group websites for further information.

View of the abbey and barn in autumn from the woods beyond garden house at Buckland Abbey, Devon


Journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches. Devon holds a wide variety of things to see and do for all the family.

Volunteers and staff members carry out restoration planting on the grounds at Killerton, Devon

Volunteering at Killerton 

Killerton relies on more than 400 volunteers to carry out conservation work across its house and estate and is looking for more people to join its friendly and dedicated team.

Visitors with a child talk to a volunteer inside the Welcome Centre at Saltram, Devon

Volunteer opportunities at Saltram 

Saltram is always looking for volunteers to join its dedicated team and offers a variety of opportunities.

Volunteer showing two visitors the Subbuteo table at Castle Drogo

Volunteer opportunities at Castle Drogo 

Find out more about volunteering opportunities at Castle Drogo and how you can join the team to play your part in looking after this special family home.

Conservation volunteer carefully cleans a tile with a cotton swab at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

Volunteering at A la Ronde 

Find out more about the volunteering opportunities at A la Ronde and how you can help care for this special place. We are always on the lookout for new additions to our team.