The Association

The National Trust Bournemouth Association was founded in 1985 but is now known as the National Trust Bournemouth and Poole Association.

The Association welcomes members, volunteers and potential members of the National Trust however you do not have to be a member of the National Trust. The Association is independent of the National Trust but is governed by a constitution common to all Associations. Our affairs are conducted by a committee that is elected at our Annual General Meeting held in March of each year. Committee members hold their posts until the next Annual General Meeting.

The Association’s objectives are:

  • to promote the work of the National Trust
  • to arrange a programme of events for the enjoyment of its members
  • to raise funds in support of local National Trust projects.

Among the National Trust properties we support are the Kingston Lacy estate, Brownsea Island, the Studland area, Corfe Castle, Hardy's Cottage, Max Gate and Badbury Rings.

The Association has donated over £32,000 to National Trust Projects which includes:

£5000 to The National Trust National Appeal for Chartwell to allow the Trust to keep Sir Winston Churchill's possessions to remain at Chartwell for ever.

'Churchill wanted his possessions to stay at Chartwell for all to appreciate. Now we have the opportunity to secure them for the nation. Will you help?'

We felt we could not ignore the plea and were proud to be able to support this unique appeal. To read more about this important appeal click on the link below

Further donations include key equipment for :

Kingston Lacy Estate

In 2017 we provided items for the Kitchen Garden, and Terracotta Pots for Cordyline Urns. In 2016 we provided benches for Nursery Wood and Woodlands, costumes for school visits, props for schools and '50 Things' at Kingston Lacy.

In 2015 we bought professional cattle show equipment to support Home Farm staff when showing the prize-winning herd of cattle. What this entails can be seen here. In previous years at Kingston Lacy we have contributed to the reinstatement of the Guido Reni fresco in the Library, the restoration of pictures, provided funds for a bull to run with the Kingston Lacy herd of North Devon cattle, provided funds for the restoration of four Edwardian statues as well as the purchase of two picnic benches at Badbury Rings. During 2012 we funded the restoration of the site of the medieval moot and the provision of an interpretation panel to explain the significance of the site and, the restoration of the second summerhouse in the Kitchen Garden. In 2013 we continued with funds for the restoration of one of the two Torchères in the Saloon and for material to conserve old (family) photographs. In the course of 2014 funds were provided to build two barbecue stations at Badbury Rings.

Brownsea Island

In 2017 we provided for New Planters and in 2015/16 for a Mobile Climbing Wall (since re-allocated to a Low Ropes Climbing Course). We have contributed towards the cost of the regeneration of heathland, provided funds for the purchase of benches in the visitors’ courtyard and added several decorative flowerpots. We also funded the purchase of a telescope and binoculars for the visitors’ courtyard. During 2012 we paid for the recording of the sounds and voices of Brownsea Island, an extension to the gifts and donations tree in the visitors’ courtyard, furnishings for a ‘bookshop’ reading room and a sandpit in the Vilano Café garden.

We have raised funds for the purchase of wheelchairs especially for children; to allow Brownsea to offer both ordinary and all terrain models, thus allowing full access to this unique Dorset island, in addition to a Tree Viewing Camera to show this wonderful Island from a totally different perspective.

And finally to support Brownsea to raise funds by offering the boating community in Poole Harbour access to the island and providing donation boxes that will highlight the cause and give opportunities to contribute towards the upkeep of Brownsea Island.

The Purbecks

In 2017 at Corfe Castle we provided for Corfe Common feeding pen and Old Volunteer Cider Storage shed. In 2014 we helped with funds towards coppice fencing at Warren Wood Studland. In 2013 we paid for timber to create bases for protection tents at Corfe Castle. Additionally, we have provided funds for three benches placed at different locations in the Purbeck countryside. Again at Corfe Castle we have provided funds for fencing needed to secure the area for a children’s play-trail and in 2012 we added funds to the creation of a wildflower field at Studland village in memory of the first Chairman of the Bournemouth Centre, Bill Burke DFC.

You can be a part of this - join our Association and help us to raise badly needed funds for our local properties and the wonderful environment we can enjoy every day.

To view what we have achieved at these properties it is best to make a personal visit to see the results. Often you can find further information and images on the website of the National Trust.

There are six more National Trust Associations and Centres in Dorset. Five of them have their own website. To find out about their area and what they have to offer please click on one of their names below.

Information regarding the Blackmore Vale and Yeovil Association can be found on the National Trust website.