National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural BeautyThe National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty
, known usually as simply The National Trust
, is an organization which works to preserve and protect coastline, countryside and buildings in England
and Northern Ireland
According to its website:
- "The National Trust works to preserve and protect the coastline, countryside and buildings of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We do this in a range of ways, through practical caring and conservation, through educating and informing, and through encouraging millions of people to enjoy their national heritage."
The National Trust (NT) is a major owner of buildings (some of the most significant in the countries it serves), and countryside and is a registered charity. It owns or protects roughly one fifth of the coastline and has a longterm campaign, Project Neptune, which seeks to acquire more coastline.
The NT is constitued by the National Trust Acts 1907-1971 which establish the constitution of the trust. Despite this, the trust is not a government body and relies heavily on the generosity of its members for funding. The NT has the unique statutory right to declare land Inalienable - which prevents the land from being sold or mortgaged against the trust's wishes without parliamentary intervention.
It is possible to visit many NT buildings and countryside areas, and it also runs some holiday cottages. Members of the public may join the Trust: in Spring 2003 it announced that it had recruited its 3 millionth member.
The Trust was founded on 12th January 1895 by Octavia Hill (1838-1912), Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley.
Note: clicking What links here will find correctly linked pages, which will include NT properties.
Links to National Trust Properties in the UK