What is the National Trust and Why is it Relevant?

Living in the UK, you have heard about the National Trust at one time or another, and you may think that you know what it is and what it is all about. You should, as it is a very important part of everyday life in the UK and without it, we wouldn’t have many of the things that we take for granted.

The National Trust, or National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, is a conservation organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is one of the largest membership organisations in the UK and its historic significance dates back to 1895 when it was created.

What is the purpose of the National Trust?

According to the official National Trust website, the definition of the organisation is: “The preservation for the benefit of the Nation of lands and tenements (including buildings) of beauty or historic interest and, as regards lands, for the preservation of their natural aspect, features and animal and plant life. Also, the preservation of furniture, pictures and chattels of any description having national and historic or artistic interest.”

Self-described as “a charity that works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces—forever, for everyone.” the trust focuses on English country houses as well as protecting historic landscapes, historic urban properties and nature reserves.

How is it Funded?

The National Trust gets most of its funding from membership subscriptions, entrance fees, legacies and revenue from gift shops and restaurants within its properties. It has also been the beneficiary of many large donations and bequests including historic houses and gardens, industrial monuments and social history sites.

National Trust Uncertainty

The National Trust has met with some controversy over the years; from being accused of being out of touch with what the people want, to disputes over land usage and favoritism amongst its members and contributors, the National Trust is said by many to be in danger. Still, funding hasn’t decreased, nor has membership slowed much, so we feel the National Trust, with the right guidance, is still a strong force in the UK property market.

JCF Property Management is concerned with contributing to the heritage of the nation by managing Grade II listed buildings within its extensive portfolio.

To learn more about the management of your listed building or any other building, contact JCF Property Managementtoday.

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