National Trust Membership at Record High

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Published on September 3rd 2019
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Lizard point - national trust sign with four people standing in front, on the shore line
More people than ever became members of The National Trust between 2018 and 2019, according to the charity's annual report.
The National Trust looks after 240,000 hectares of land, 780 miles of coastline and more than 500 historic gardens, houses and countryside.
The number of members increased by 400,000 to 5.6m, helped by several schemes which saw 28,000 under 15s become junior members, and almost 26,000 take up the offer of a free essential companion card for visitors who require support or care.
A group of people standing next to a body of water
National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
In addition, the charity spent £148m on restoration and conservation projects, £10m more than the previous year. This has been supported by a record number of visits, almost 27m.
Projects included restoring the cairn on Scafell Pike and launching the Riverlands partnership with Environment Agency, which included the reintroduction of water voles at Porlock Vale on Exmoor.
A couple of national trust employees, releasing some water voles into a river.
Releasing water voles at Holnicote. National Trust Images / Phil Bruss
The report also found that over 65,000 volunteers donated more than 4.8m hours of their time, and income from fundraising grew by £3.5m compared to the previous year.
Volunteers are currently helping to rechalk the Cerne-Abbas Giant over the next couple of weeks.
A herd of sheep grazing on a lush green field
The Cerne Abbas Giant
Director of Support and Revenue Sharon Pickford said: 'Our work to care for these places is only possible through the generosity of our members, visitors, volunteers, funders and donors. Without them, we simply wouldn’t be able to spend record levels on conservation and access work to ensure more people have a great experience when they come to our places.
'We aren’t complacent and we know there are many more people who may like the opportunity to access and enjoy what we have to offer and we will continue working to provide events and activities which cater for a wide spectrum of the public while ensuring we look after special places in our care.'
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