National Trust

As Europe’s largest conservation charity, the National Trust looks after nature, beauty and history for everyone to enjoy. It does so with the help of millions of members, volunteers, staff and donors. Without this, the Trust couldn’t care for the miles of coastline, woodlands, countryside and the hundreds of historic buildings, gardens and precious collections it protects.

Deep-rooted beginnings

In 1895, the Trust's founders, Octavia Hill, Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley pledged to preserve our historic and natural places. Their aim was not only to save important sites, but to open them up for everyone to enjoy.

They created the National Trust, and more than 125 years later, their mission is at the heart of everything it does.

National Trust