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What difference do gift memberships make?

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Sometimes if you're buying a gift membership, you do wonder how they can really help the charity you're buying it from.   Can treating someone to a membership really make a difference?  

Well, the National Trust has five ways in which their membership scheme can help them preserve Britain's beautiful places... 

Save some very important rockpools
Members help the National Trust protect 775 miles of coastline. The beaches you and I enjoyed as children, with our memories of picnics on sandy beaches, building sandcastles, exploring rockpools, and going for walks on  windy days can be enjoyed by our children and generations of children to come.   Members can help the Trust work to keep the coastline open and accessible for all.  It's been doing this work for 50 years - your gift membership can help it keep doing this for another 50!

Connect children to nature
Memberships help children discover the joys of natural adventures.   Did you hear about the Trust's 50 Things to do before you're 11¾?  The campaign's aim is to get children inspired by the great outdoors - building dens in woods, hunting for bugs, riding a bike, bat spotting.   Memberships help keep Trust keep the natural world speical, so your children can enjoy it and go wild in it!

Keep a very, very old man happy
The Old Man oak tree at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire is 1,200 years old!   He once stood in Sherwood Forest and although that’s mostly disappeared this Old Man just keeps on going. Members help the Trust keep the Old Man in the public eye.  The Trust looks after many trees, from rare black poplars and colourful tulip trees, to ancient yews and sweet chestnuts.  Members help the Trust protect woodslands filled with wildlife and birdsong all year round. 

Help the National Trust preserve Britain's beautiful places

Give a gift membership to the National Trust today

Protect our livestock and wildlife
On a Snowdonian sheep farm, Bill and Ben protect newborn lambs from foxes.  They aren't dogs - they are Andean alpacas.  They’re called Bill and Ben. But they’re not actually dogs, they’re Andean alpacas who excel at protecting lambs - they are huge, and run towards sounds of distress, scaring off attackers.  The Trust looks after acre after acre of places millions call home - rare butterflies, barn owls, wild ponies, seals, otters, shy water voles, red squirrels, red warblers, native deer… They’re all thriving thanks to the love and care of the Trust's members, volunteers, and rangers.

Get up close to our ancestors
Members help to unlock the stories of the past, whehter it's uncovering 4th century Roman mosaics in Gloucestershire, excavating an Iron Age savings fund squirrelled away in a cave, or bringing people closer to the footprints of cavemen.   The Trust can work with archaelogists, restoration experts and historians, as well as local communities, schools and volunteers, to help people experience the lives of our ancestors

Those are just five of the many fantastic things the National Trust can look after. So your gift membership will never be wasted.  It will be busy working to protect Britain's beautiful places and species for generations to enjoy today and in the future.  Join the National Trust today

 

 

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