150 years ago on Sunday 19 July our organisation was launched: Britain's oldest national conservation body. Without the society co
untless commons, green spaces and public paths would have been lost for ever.
And there would be no National Trust, since it was the society's founders who formed the National Trust in 1895, thirty years after the society's own foundation in 1865.
The society is famous for having saved Hampstead Heath, Wimbledon Common and other London open spaces in the mid-nineteenth century. In fact it has campaigned tirelessly throughout England and Wales. Click here for just a few of the cases in which the society has been involved during its 150-year history.
Join our campaign to save England's much-loved green spaces. We have published an open spaces tool-kit for communities to protect their green spaces, and have called on planning authorities to respond positively to requests to save local spaces.
The pressures for development in Wales are as strong as in England but, with the support of Assembly Members and our own members in Wales, we are delighted to celebrate a victory for the green spaces of Wales in the recently introducedPlanning (Wales) Act 2015.