|Since the 1940s, the National Trust has led campaigns to protect heritage at risk – whether built, environmental or cultural. |
|In the early years, before widespread community awareness of the value of heritage, we often had to take campaigns to the streets to protect built and natural heritage from the ravages of development.|
We saved much, but even so, grand houses were felled to become car parks, whole suburbs were razed to build roads, and colonial buildings became office blocks. At the grass roots the National Trust supports community groups for the protection of heritage of all kinds.
Destruction of heritage still occurs and the Trust must be prepared to act quickly when we are alerted to threats. But today, our role is also to lobby and negotiate to ensure that developers and governments cannot sweep irreplaceable heritage away in the name of progress.
At the same time, we raise community awareness of what is at stake. With the support of professionals concerned with all aspects of heritage conservation, architecture and planning, we support innovative design which also recognises and integrates valued heritage.
At a local level we work with communities to protect places that are important to their neighbourhoods.
|We need YOUR support to create widespread awareness of threats to heritage. Join the National Trust and help make a difference in your community.|