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National Trust

We have grown our membership by a million more members over the last six years. By way of comparison, it took us 86 years to reach our first million.

In total, 24.5 million people - both members and non-members - visited one of our places with entrance fees, while there were an estimated 200 million trips to the coastal and countryside sites.

We look after coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages, historic houses, gardens, mills and pubs and one of the world's largest art collections. We restore them, protect them and open them up to everyone. For the Trust, conservation has always gone hand-in-hand with public access. We welcome everyone to explore:

• 775 miles of coastline
• Over 248,000 hectares of land
• Over 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments gardens and parks and nature reserves.
• Close to one million objects and works of art

Many of our properties are unable to fund their own permanent preservation. The cost of caring for them is high: our overall conservation project expenditure was £107.1 million in 2015/16. Most of our property is held inalienably, so it can never be sold or developed against our wishes without the consent of Parliament.

We rely on the support of our members, donors and volunteers, as well as income from grant-making bodies and commercial activities such as retail and catering, to look after the places in our care.

Become of a member of the National Trust:

National Trust Website