We're a charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything we do. We look after special places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for ever, for everyone.
As a charity we rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from our commercial operations. We have over 4.5 million members and 62,000 volunteers. More than 20 million people visit our pay for entry properties, while an estimated 100 million visit our open air properties. We protect and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments.
Our national ten-year strategy, Playing our part
(PDF, 1.92MB), asks what the nation needs from the National Trust in the 21st century and encourages us to contribute to special places beyond our own properties. We know that parks are immensely valued by communities and provide important environmental benefits. So, we asked the question 'what role do we play in helping to safeguard parks for the future and support them to deliver even more public benefits?'
Part-funded by Nesta's Rethinking Parks programme
, we embarked on two years of feasibility testing, exploring the options for parks with expert partners alongside colleagues in local authorities. The resulting knowledge is shared as part of this website.
Social Finance is a not for profit organisation that partners with the government, the social sector and the financial community to find better ways of tackling social problems in the UK and beyond.
Our unique 70 member team comprises individuals with substantial financial, consulting and social expertise who share a common passion for solving entrenched social problems.
Since we started in 2007, Social Finance has mobilised over £100 million of investment and designed a series of programmes to tackle social challenges. These include support for 2,000 short sentence offenders released from Peterborough Prison, 380 children on the edge of care in Essex, 2,500 young people at risk of becoming NEET and 1,400 rough sleepers in London. We are also alleviating fuel poverty for over 4,000 families in Sunderland, enabling 15,000 families to access nursery places and free children’s services, and providing 7,500 affordable micro loans in Wales.
We are keen to apply our experience and expertise to solving the question of the future of parks.
At Shared Assets we make land work for everyone. We support the development of new models of managing land that are sustainable and productive, create livelihoods, enhance the environment, and involve local people in making decisions about the places they care about. We provide advice, support and training, undertake research, and advocate for changes in the way we manage land.
Shared Assets is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with the aim of developing and promoting new models of common good land use. Since we launched in 2012 we have rapidly developed a growing reputation as experts in this pioneering field.