The National Trust was founded in 1895 to protect the nation's heritage and open spaces. Today, the National Trust cares for almost 800 miles of coastline, 248,000 hectares of countryside, over 500 historic buildings and over one million objects - preserving them for the future and opening them up for everyone to enjoy.
Since 2013, players of People's Postcode Lottery have supported National Trust projects with funding totalling £2.275 million. In 2019 players are supporting the National Trust with £300,000 towards Heritage Open Days and £500,000 towards vital nature conservation.
Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, with 5,500 free-to-access events and 49,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across England open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. Our players' support for Heritage Open Days in 2018 enabled more than three million people to discover local cultural and historical treasures - many for the very first time.
Nature conservation is vital to protect wildlife and habitats for now and future generations to enjoy. Support from our players has funded National Trust's nature conservation programme, enabling conservation in sites across England and Wales. In 2018 this included ambitious plans to develop 60 hectares of lowland heath and wood pasture in Devon to protect the future of the High Brown Fritillary - the UK's most endangered butterfly.
To find out more about hidden places and events you can enjoy throughout the festival, visit the Heritage Open Days website.