Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Something you buy that makes you richer - National Trust membership!

A National Trust membership was something we had on our bucket list for years. Even before we had children, we loved visiting parks, nature reserves, and beautiful places we could walk, stop for a cup of tea (of course), enjoy each other's company, and admire the beauty that nature has to offer. However we decided when little ones came along, we would definitely sign up for a family membership, to make it easy for us to continue exploring.

The National Trust is a British charity, set up in 1895 by three people who wanted to preserve our nations heritage and open spaces, and make them accessible to everyone.
They restore, protect, and open up to the public hundreds of forests, woods, coastlines, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages, historic houses, gardens, mills and pubs. This would not be possible for many of these places without the National Trust. In addition to ensuring the nations history is preserved and available for everyone to enjoy, they promote causes close to or hearts - they encourage everyone to enjoy the beautiful nature that Great Britain has to offer, and to get outside!

As time quite scarily runs away with you when you have a baby, Oskar was 9 months old by the time we got around to signing up! But better late than never, we used spring as the perfect time to become members. Membership for a couple is £108 a year (under 5s are free) and includes unlimited access to over 500 National Trust places, mostly with free parking. Luckily a guide book to National Trust places in each region is included!

We can't wait to start visiting new National Trust places, and revisit some places we enjoyed before we were members. So far this year our membership has brought us sunshine, cherry blossom, bluebell woods, herds of deer, spring lambs, bright yellow rapeseed fields, Sunday strolls, tulip gardens, waterfalls, picnics, and best of all, lovely memories as a family.

We really want Oskar to love the outdoors as much as we do, and to take a keen interest in natural beauty. We love the idea of sending him to Forest School when he is a little older, but with our National Trust membership are able to replicate some of the education in nature ourselves as he grows. We hope he learns to find as much peace amongst the trees as we always have!
We may have only had our membership for a short time but we already feel it has made a difference to our lives, it has enriched us in many ways and brought us wonderful memories of wonderful days out as a three. If you have visited any gorgeous National Trust places that you'd like to recommend, please do! We would love to hear where others have been and loved too!

This post is not sponsored by National Trust, and we purchased our membership ourselves.
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