The National Trust
The National Trust is a charity completely independent of any Government, relying for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from commercial operations.
The trust has 3.6 million members and 55,000 volunteers. More than 14 million people visit pay for entry properties, while an estimated 50 million visit open air properties. The trust protect and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments.
But it doesn’t stop there. The trust also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves, villages - for ever, for everyone.