The National Trust Act 1907 established the principle of inalienability – which
underpins our core purpose to look after special places for ever, for everyone.
The National Trust was founded in 1895 to promote and look after places of historic beauty permanently for the benefit of the nation across England, Wales and Northern Island. Our core purpose is to look after special places for ever, for everyone.
We protect over 700 miles of coastline and in total we look after 617,500 acres (250,000 hectares) of countryside, moorland, beaches and coastline.
Amongst the historic properties in the Trust's care are 166 fine houses, 19 castles, 47 industrial monuments and mills, 49 churches and chapels, and 35 pubs and inns.
The millions of objects in the care of the National Trust reflect its diversity. Conservation staff and volunteers care for an astonishing range of structures and contents, from 26 sets of samurai armour, or 19 magnificent paintings by Turner, to the Oscar awarded to George Bernard Shaw, the national collection of lawnmowers, 57 meat strainers or a photograph album the size of a postage stamp.
The National Trust is an independent charity and receives no direct funding from the Government. Membership fees only cover just over a third of the total income we need in order to protect and provide access to the beautiful places in our care.
National Trust aims to:
- Champion of volunteering. Our 55,000 volunteers contribute 3.1 million hours per year which equates to a notional value of more than £25 million.
- Responsible for saving and caring for thousands of historic buildings dating from the Middle Ages to modern times; ancient monuments, nature reserves, gardens, landscape parks, woodland and farmland.
- Europe’s leading conservation body, protecting through ownership, management and covenants 253,349 hectares (626,051 acres) of land of special importance and 707 miles (1,138 km) of coastline
- To look after places of historic interest or natural beauty permanently for the benefit of the nation across England, Wales and Northern Ireland
- A major employer,with 5,000 staff and training schemes for young people wishing to learn professional skills and embark on careers in horticulture and conservation.
Established: January 1895
Registered Charity Number: 205846
Full time staff: 5500
Phone number: 01793 817400
Address: The National Trust Heelis Kemble Drive Swindon SN2 2NAView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website