The National Trust is opening its doors for free to National Lottery players as a thank you to people who have raised money for its conservation work by buying a lottery ticket.
In the past 22 years, the conservation charity has received support to undertake important projects from the Heritage Lottery Fund. In the Midlands, the Stableyard Regeneration Project at Hardwick in Derbyshire, the Glasshouse Restoration at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire and the Croome Redefined project at Croome in Worcestershire are just some of the projects which would not have been possible without this support.
Susan Foster, National Trust Fundraising Director, said, “Without grant support like this, we wouldn’t have been able to undertake some of our most important and innovative conservation work. Grant income, as well as help from members, supporters and volunteers allows us to look after special places for ever, for everyone. This is a small gesture of our thanks to National Lottery players.”
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”
Any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard on 13 December will be admitted for free to participating National Trust places. Full terms and conditions, including the sites participating, can be found on the National Trust website.
This offer is part of a National Lottery celebration where a host of organisations which have benefited from Heritage Lottery funding offer free access, special offers or activities to say thank you.