Founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them. Fast forward 120 years and the National Trust is renowned and respected with one fabulously impressive portfolio. According to their website, they now look after
- 775 miles of coastline
- Over 248,000 hectares of land
- Over 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments gardens and parks and nature reserves.
They 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 their care.
You can support by being a member, I highly recommend it and my latest visit was to Carrick-a-Rede coastal walk and rope bridge. Both were stunning even though I couldn’t step on the rope bridge due to my completely illogical fear of heights. The rope bridge has survived years of visitors and with the care and attention from National Trust, it will continue to for many more.
Volunteering at a local heritage site allows you to indulge your possible passion and provide you with ‘behind-the-scenes’ access to some of our country’s most beautiful places. As a garden volunteer you may have the opportunity to work in some of the country’s most unique and famous outdoor places, on a scale or a project which might not be attainable in your own back garden.
You can arrange your hours with the location directly and commit what you can. Remember, it really is just a case of giving a little time.