The National Trust was founded in 1895 with the aim of saving the nation’s heritage, threatened countryside and coastline. It is a charitable organisation that is funded by membership fees, donations, legacies and income from the commercial operations. In 2014, the trust had more than 3.7 million members.
The National Trust is governed by an elected board of Trustees and led by the Chairman and Deputy Chairman. A range of internal and external groups have been established to help run and advise the National Trust, including the Board committees, expert Panels and Regional Advisory Boards. The President of the National Trust is Prince Charles.
Numerous volunteers support the professional teams of staff that work in the properties and wider organisation.
In 1907, the first National Trust Act was introduced. This has been amended and updated subsequently, and the current governance is provided by The Charities (National Trust) Order 2005.
 National Trust strategy
The current strategy of the trust is focused on four main areas:
- Engaging with supporters.
- Improving conservation and environmental performance.
- Investing in people.
- Financing the future.
 What the National Trust protects
The National Trust protects:
- Houses and buildings.
- Gardens and parks.
- Nature and wildlife.
- Coast and countryside.
- Sites and monuments.
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- Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Designated sites.
- English Heritage.
- Environment Agency.
- Historic England.
- Listed buildings.
- National parks.
- Natural England.
- Natural Resources Wales.
- Scheduled monuments.
- Scottish Natural Heritage.
- Statutory consultees.
 External references
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