Definition of the National Trust noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the National Trust

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an organization that owns and takes care of places of historical interest or natural beauty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, so that people can go and visit them Culture The full name of the National Trust is the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest and Natural Beauty. It began as a small private organization in 1895 and was helped in the early years by Beatrix Potter with gifts of land in the Lake District. The Trust is now the largest private owner of land in Britain, having bought or been given historic houses, whole villages, stately homes, gardens and many areas of land and stretches of coastline. It has more than three million members, which makes it one of the most popular membership groups in Britain. Many houses owned by the Trust have a shop and a cafe for visitors. compare English Heritage

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