The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 to protect special places and ensure that people had the opportunity to enjoy them. Today the Trust has over 56, 000 members in Northern Ireland and a total membership of over 4 million making it Europe’s largest environmental and conservation body. The charity has been active in Northern Ireland since 1936 and from small beginning has grown a conservation movement which owns, protects and provides public access to 40 square miles of scenic countryside and around 120 miles of the magnificent Northern Ireland Coastline.
The National Trust has also set a target to reduce consumption of fossil fuels for heat and electricity by 50% by 2020, i.e. by 2020 we plan to meet 50% of our energy requirements from renewable sources. We are well on the way with a number of our larger oil consumers already switched over to biomass.