219.1 The National Trust

219 Land and buildings held by trusts and charities

219.1 The National Trust

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty is a voluntary body founded in 1895 with the principal object of maintaining and managing lands as open spaces or places of public resort and promoting access to and enjoyment of places of natural interest or beauty.

The Trust currently cares for more than 248,000 hectares of land, about half of which consists of tenanted farms to which the public are not given access in the same way as to the Trust’s open-country land holdings. The Trust works