National Trust Membership is a charity organization that was initiated in the year 1895 by a group of three who realized the importance of the nature’s heritage and the open spaces. The founding members decided to preserve the nature so that every generation could enjoy the blessing that it is to all. Despite being in this field for some 12 decades, the trust is a little closer to its vision, however, the key aim has not changed. The trust looks after all the special places in and around England, Wales and Northern Ireland for everyone, forever. Being a charity, it solely relies on the income that it gets from the legacies, donations, membership fees as well as the revenue raised from the various commercial operations. The trust has some 4.5 million members and 62,000 volunteers. There are some 20 million people across the globe who visit the pay-for-entry properties, on the other hand, there is an estimated 100 million people who visit the open air properties. The National Trust Membership protects and opens to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens as well as the ancient monuments. Of course the work of National Trust Membership isn’t restricted to that. The trust looks after the forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves, and villages - forever, for everyone.
The 10-year broad plan of the National Trust Membership is to repay the environment and to nurse it back to health and reverse the alarming decline in the wildlife. Its strategy for the forthcoming decade is to invest in looking after the nation’s beauty. One of the biggest threats in this is the dramatic climate change. This has brought forth multiple damaging threats to the natural environment that is already under a major pressure. The climatic change has also posed as a serious threat to the growing conservation challenge for the houses as well as the gardens in its care. Due to unsustainable land management run over the years, the countryside has been damaged seriously. There has been a noted decline in about sixty per cent of the species in the UK over the last 50 years. Natural habitats of these plants and animals have been seriously destructed and the over-worked soils have been washed out to sea. National Trust Membership wishes to carve new ways, rather innovative ones of managing the land on a much larger scale which may seem good for farmers, environment and the economy at large. The trust works with its partners to look after the most important landscape of the country by reconnecting the habitats and bringing back the forest’s natural beauty. It assures to achieve something remarkable in the next decade where the trust will work hand in hand with the government, other business groups, local communities as well as the charities to accentuate the quality of the land and attract wildlife back to the fields, woods and river banks. Of course, this may not seem easy, it surely isn’t but with the continuous hard work, the trust will definitely achieve its requisite success.