National Trust launches new online land map

Huw Davies, Head of Conservation Information for the National Trust, tells us about the launch of a new website, Land Map.

In 1899 the National Trust acquired its first nature reserve with the purchase of two acres of Wicken Fen, near Cambridge. Credit National Trust Images, Robert Morris.


There’s a fantastic new online resource for anyone who’s interested in our history – a searchable map called Land Map that shows all the places in our care.

Its main component is ‘Land History’ which covers the buildings, countryside and coastline we own, each with a short history of why we acquired them, including dates, details, scale, how it was funded, by whom and the important designations or listings. It shows this for every single place we’ve acquired since we were founded in 1895 and the very first piece of land that we were given – Dinas Oleu in Barmouth, South Wales. Colour-coded in 20-year bands, Land History shows how we’ve grown and where, including obscure, tiny places (Sharow Cross anyone?) and huge property patchworks in areas like the Lake District and along the coast. It’s an incredible pictorial revelation of the scale of our places.

To mark the centenary of the First World War, we’ve also pinpointed all the war memorials – 170 plus – that we look after and another 140 memorials that our places have a connection with through donor families or estate workers. As with the Land History items, the pop-up windows have a link to that place’s web page for opening times and further information.

Whether you are curious about your nearest National Trust place, want to research ownership of an area or get a visual picture of it, or find out a bit more about somewhere you plan to visit, there’s a lot to discover. Land Map throws open the doors to knowledge which has largely been accessible only to some staff and people old enough to have a copy of a flimsy paperback called Properties of the National Trust, designed to last five years but last updated nearly 20 years ago. Land Map is still being added to and worked on, but we couldn’t keep it to ourselves any longer – you too can start exploring 120 years of history at


3 thoughts on “National Trust launches new online land map

  1. Pingback: 2 new National Trust campaigns: Land Map and Landscapes for Everyone | A Dartmoor blog

  2. How do I know which places are visit able as opposed to farm land owned with no access? I love to visit land and coast but sometimes visit marked National Trust land on a map and find no signs off Trust ownership! thanks Jeff

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