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Duddings Exmoor Holiday Cottages gives a brief history of the National Trust

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Staying in an Exmoor holiday cottage this autumn? Take a look at a timeline of The National Trust and some key points that make up this wonderful organisation today.

United Kingdom (PRUnderground) October 31st, 2013

When you stay with us at Duddings you will most likely want to visit the wonderful region of Exmoor and surroundings areas. Once you have settled in at your Exmoor holiday cottage, there’s no doubt you’ll be keen to explore what there is on offer as far as beauty spots and places to visit are.

Duddings are part of what makes up Somerset’s holiday cottages who are fortunate enough to be located within a National Trust area.

The National Trust is an integral part of the community on Exmoor so we thought we’d give you a chance to see where it all started with a brief timeline including several key points in its history.

1884- Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the Trust, is asked to help preserve Sayes Court garden in south east London. The seed is planted and the idea for the National Trust is born.

1895- Is when the National Trust is founded. Five acres of cliff top at Dinas Oleu in Wales is their first acquisition.

1896- Alfriston Clergy House in Sussex is purchased for just £10, making it the Trust’s first house.

1899- The first nature reserve is purchased. Two acres of Wicken Fen, near Cambridge is now owned by the Trust.

1907- Sir Robert Hunter brings in the National Trust Act of 1907.

1927- 1,400 acres of farmland surrounding Stonehenge is purchased following a national appeal.

1929- Famous writer Beatrix Potter lends her support to the Trust and also uses profits from her book sales to support the Trust in the Lake District area.

1931- The National Trust for Scotland is formed.

1945- Time to celebrate! It’s the 50th anniversary of The National Trust.

1970- It’s time to raise a glass once again! The Trust celebrates its 75th anniversary.

1975- A milestone of members. There are now 500,000 members who belong to The National Trust.

1990- This is the year that the Trust successfully hit the 2 million members mark.

1995- The 100mile mark for the Trust. A century after it all began The National Trust has proudly maintaining and protecting as many as 580,000 acres of countryside in England, Wales and Northern Ireland along with 545 miles of coast and 230 historic houses, not to mention the 130 important gardens.

2007- Membership number hit new level. The total number of members finds staggering heights, with 3.5 million members on board.

2008- Volunteer’s keep coming. The volunteer numbers are also on the rise, seeing 2008 as the year that more than 50,000 happy helpers join the ranks of The National Trust.

2011- A new level of success. The ever-popular organisation shows no sign of its popularity slowing down as they pip the 4 million members mark.

If you want to see what The National Trust has to offer over Exmoor and surroundings areas, then why not book in at one of our country cottages?

Take a look here: http://www.duddings.co.uk/exmoor-holiday-cottages.html


About Duddings Country Cottages

Welcome to Duddings Country Cottages, situated in the beautiful setting of the Avill Valley in the Exmoor National Park, West Somerset. Duddings 4-star accommodation consists of a timeless 16 th century thatched Longhouse along with 12 classic, classy and spacious cottages with varying numbers of beds to best suit your needs. It is the ideal place to holiday as a family, with your Children and dogs, as a couple or even in a large group.

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