On this day in 1895 the National Trust was founded. The trust was founded in 1895 and given statutory powers, starting with the National Trust Act of 1907. The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, usually known as the National Trust, is a conservation organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Historically the Trust tended to focus on English Country Houses which still make up the largest part of its holdings, but it also protects historic landscapes such as in the Lake District, historic urban properties, and nature reserves.
According to its website:
“We’re a charity that works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces – for ever, for everyone.”
The trust owns many heritage properties, including historic houses and gardens, industrial monuments and social history sites. It is one of the largest landowners in the United Kingdom, owning many beauty spots, most of which are open to the public free of charge. It is the largest membership organisation in the United Kingdom, and one of the largest UK charities by both income and assets.
The National Trust does amazing work. It maintains beautiful buildings and landscapes so that future generations can enjoy them just as much as we do today. I for one know that my childhood would not have been the same without visiting the beautiful Country Houses in Derbyshire. I feel quite lucky really that I have all these beautiful buildings and landscape on my doorstep.