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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 promote and prosper actively the work of the National Trust and to organise social activities for members, to make membership of the National Trust more enjoyable. These include talks, bridge, lunches, outings to Trust and private properties and a variety of other social 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. More recently we 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.

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.


In the financial year to

30 September 2017

East Dorset National Trust Association donated

£9,330 in total to the National Trust