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Supporter groups in Kent

A tour group in woodland at Scotney Castle, Kent
A tour group in woodland at Scotney Castle, Kent | © National Trust Images/H Broughton

Join your local supporter group in Kent to meet people and enjoy talks, visits, holidays, outdoor volunteering and other social and fundraising events.

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.

Beckenham and Bromley Centre

The Beckenham and Bromley Centre was formed in 1975 to enable members of the National Trust to fully enjoy their membership through lectures, visits, holidays, and social events.

Membership of the centre is open to everyone, and there is no requirement to be a National Trust member or volunteer.

Darent Cray National Trust Association

Formed in 1981, membership of the Darent Cray National Trust Association provides an opportunity to support the work of the National Trust and to help raise money for specific projects.

The Darent Cray Association works closely with, and has made donations to, sites at St. John's Jerusalem, Emmetts Garden, The Red House, Ightham Mote, and Knole House.

East Kent Association

The East Kent Association has a programme that offers something for everyone. Based in Canterbury, the association covers coastal towns from Whitstable round to Hythe, plus Ashford and Faversham.

Kent NTV Group

The Kent National Trust Volunteers have a 'task' day once a month, usually on the second Sunday of the month when they help the ranger or gardener at National Trust places in and around Kent.

Tasks could include clearing scrub, erecting fences, tree planting and pond clearance, or anything else required on the day.

Anyone is welcome to join, from ages 16 to 100. Just bring old clothes, gloves and a packed lunch.

Orpington and Chislehurst Centre

The Orpington and Chislehurst Centre was founded in 1980 and currently has around 400 members. Its objectives are to promote the National Trust locally, raise funds for its support, and arrange a programme of events and activities to enrich members’ understanding of the National Trust’s work.

Join the Orpington and Chislehurst Centre group to enjoy special interest talks, visits, holidays and other social and fundraising events. The local group supports the work of the National Trust and raises money for conservation and access projects.

Members of the friendly group meet at 8pm on the fourth Thursday of the month (except December) at the Methodist Church, Sevenoaks Road, Orpington, BR6 9JH.

Afternoon lectures also take place on the second Thursday of most months at the Methodist Church, Prince Imperial Road, Chislehurst, BR7 5LX.

A nominal fee is charged for the lectures.

Tenterden District Association

  • Tenterden District National Trust Association is a friendly and sociable group that offers National Trust members in Tenterden and Cranbrook the opportunity to support the work of the Trust, especially at local properties. This has included: supporting the refurbishment of a clock at Bateman’s

  • Providing children’s costumes and other artefacts to Bodiam Castle

  • Raising money for the Discovery Room at Scotney Castle

  • Providing a bird hide and planting trees at Sissinghurst Castle

  • Installing curtains in the Barn Theatre

  • Making wall panels for the café

  • Providing visitor seating at the Fan Bay Tunnels.

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.

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