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East Dorset Association

The East Dorset National Trust Association was founded in 1988 with its inaugural meeting held at the Barrington Centre in Ferndown, and currently has over 500 members.

The Association’s objectives are to raise funds and promote the work of the National Trust.

In normal times we organise a year round programme of social events and outings for members to enjoy, and all profits are donated to the National Trust. Our programme of events for 2020/21 has been seriously impacted by the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 Crisis. We hope to be able to organise events and outings for members to enjoy from May 2021.

During the summer months, we arrange coach outings, monthly coffee mornings at Kingston Lacy, and other occasional events. In the winter our programme consists mainly of talks held at Ferndown and West Moors, skittles and supper evenings, a Christmas lunch and other occasional events.

Since its inception in 1988 the Association has raised over £180,000 for the National Trust.

In addition to regular substantial donations to National Trust properties such as Kingston Lacy, Brownsea Island and Corfe Castle, we have also supported National Trust appeals; for example, the Neptune Coastline Appeal, the acquisition of Tyntesfield near Bristol, and for a new visitor centre at Hardy’s Cottage. In 2016 we donated £1,180 to the Keep Churchill at Chartwell Appeal.

At Kingston Lacy we have donated funds to assist with the restoration of the Japanese Garden, provision of garden seats, spring bulbs, and vehicles for the less able. Recent donations have provided funds to assist with the renovation of the greenhouse in the kitchen garden to its former Victorian condition, and to provide orchids and fuschias  plants which were originally grown there.

In Autumn 2018, to celebrate the Association’s 30 anniversary, we planted a Cedar of Lebanon tree at Kingston Lacy to replace a tree planted by the Duke of Wellington in 1827, that had to be felled a few years ago.

Brownsea Island has received our financial support for red squirrel conservation, field study packs for younger visitors, trail maps, an electronic screen and rough terrain childrens’ buggies and wheelchairs.

A number of our members actively volunteer at Kingston Lacy and Corfe Castle.