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Supporter groups in Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

Visitors on a guided nature walk at Sharpenhoe Clappers, Sharpenhoe, Bedfordshire
Visitors on a guided nature walk at Sharpenhoe Clappers | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Join a supporter group in Essex, Bedfordshire or Hertfordshire and meet with other National Trust members and volunteers who feel passionate about the same things you do. There are a number of supporter groups in the area, so there is sure to be one close to you.

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.

Bedford Association

A warm welcome awaits you at the Bedford Association, who meet once a month at the Addison Centre in Kempston.

Chelmsford and District Centre

Chelmsford and District Centre was founded in 1975 and welcomes members who live across Chelmsford, Great Baddow, Great Waltham and Billericay, together with the surrounding areas.

Dacorum Association

The Dacorum National Trust Association was formed in 1989 to promote the National Trust’s objectives in this part of south-west Hertfordshire. Most of the Dacorum Association's members live in or close to the towns of Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead and Tring.

Enfield Association

The Enfield National Trust Association is a voluntary organisation for local members of the National Trust enabling them to further their common interest in the preservation of the country’s heritage.

Essex and Suffolk National Trust Volunteers

The Essex and Suffolk National Trust Volunteers help to maintain special places in Essex and Suffolk, including:

  • Dunwich Heath
  • Danbury Commons
  • Ickworth

They can trace their roots back to 1983, and have held several guises over the years, becoming Essex and Suffolk National Trust Volunteers in March 2021.

Visitors exploring the chalk downland at Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire
Visitors exploring the chalk downland at Ashridge Estate | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Havering and District Association

Havering and District Association was founded in 1979 and has members drawn from Hornchurch, Romford, Upminster and the surrounding areas.

Membership to Havering and District Association creates the opportunity to meet other people with an interest in the National Trust and take part in their activities organised by their committee.

Hertford Association

The aim of the Hertford Association is to enhance their members’ enjoyment of the National Trust while raising funds and giving support to local places and national appeals.

Members live in the Lea Valley area, stretching from Hertford through Ware to Cheshunt and surrounding villages.

Herts and Essex Border Centre

The Herts and Essex Border Centre was founded in 1969 to promote and prosper the work of the National Trust. Their membership comes from the towns and villages in the surroundings of Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, and Harlow, Essex.

Ilford Association

Ilford Association meets on the second Tuesday of each month – with the exception of August – at 8pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, The Drive, Ilford.

North Hertfordshire Association

Joining will enable you to find out more about the day-to-day work of the National Trust and meet new, interesting people with similar interests in the world of heritage.

A wooden chair surrounded by lavender in full bloom at Paycocke's in Essex
Stop and smell the lavender at Paycocke's | © John Miller

South Bedfordshire Association

The South Bedfordshire Association is an association of National Trust members and volunteers who promote the work of the Trust by raising funds.

Southend-on-Sea and District Centre

The Southend-on-Sea and District Centre was founded in 1959 and their members reside in the area of Southend and the surrounding Essex towns and villages.

Woodford and District Centre

This Centre was founded in 1968 initially to support the Neptune Coastal Campaign, the Trust's coastal fundraising campaign. They have a growing membership drawn from the local area.

Young people working with National Trust rangers at Ilam Park, Peak District

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 2024 

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

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