Foundation and firsts
The idea of the National Trust is born
The idea of the National Trust is born when Octavia Hill, one of the founders, is asked to help preserve Sayes Court garden in South East London.
The National Trust is founded
Within a few weeks of the National Trust being registered under the Companies Act, it is given its first place: five acres of clifftop at Dinas Oleu in Wales.
First building bought
The National Trust purchases Alfriston Clergy House in East Sussex for £10.
First nature reserve
The Trust acquires its first nature reserve with the purchase of two acres of Wicken Fen, near Cambridge.