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Supporter groups in the North East

National Trust staff talking to volunteers before beginning work on Brean Down, North Somerset
Enjoy talks and tours of special places | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Join a supporter group in the North East and meet with other National Trust members and volunteers who feel passionate about the same things you do. There are five groups in the area to choose from.

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.

County Durham Centre

The County Durham Centre was established in 1970 to promote and actively assist the National Trust.

Volunteers working in the Walled Garden at Gibside, Tyne & Wear, North East
Volunteers working in the Walled Garden at Gibside | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Northumbria National Trust Volunteer Group

Northumbria National Trust Volunteer Group supports the National Trust by carrying out practical outdoor conservation tasks at places in the Northumbria region, covering Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham.

Tyne Valley Association

The Tyne Valley Association was established in 1991 to provide a forum for those wishing to learn more about the National Trust. Members of the National Trust and Scottish National Trust as well as volunteers are welcome into the group.

They mainly draw members from South East Northumberland but some come from Newcastle and North Northumberland and they are happy to welcome anyone who is prepared to travel to Hexham where they meet.

Tree planting on the estate at Wallington, Northumberland
Tree planting on the estate at Wallington | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Tyneside Association

The Tyneside Association, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, has a wide range of activities arranged for its membership.

Friends of Washington Old Hall

The Friends of Washington Old Hall help to care for Washington Old Hall. This group has played an integral part in preserving this special place for future generations. Members recognise the historical and environmental importance of Washington Old Hall and promote it as a centre for community activity and educational opportunity.

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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Gardener Fliss Elsom-Cook in the Gertrude Jekyll garden at Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Northumberland

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A group of visitors walk up steps towards the Penshaw Monument in the background on a sunny day, in Sunderland

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