Welcome to the St Helena National Trust website. The National Trust shares with others – notably the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD) and the St Helena Nature Conservation Group (SNCG) – responsibility for the protection, enhancement and promotion of St Helena’s unique environmental and cultural heritage. The Trust’s activities include restoring the island’s fragile Gumwood forests, conserving the endemic Wirebird, restoring original habitat, promoting the protection of the historic buildings and fortifications, and educating and training local people.
The Trust has been active now for the past ten years during which time it has grown and made considerable progress towards achieving its objectives, as well as keeping abreast of developments on the island. The original staff of one with a filing cabinet has now grown to 18 full time people and a number of volunteers, with offices in Broadway House, Main Street in Jamestown. However, the real work of the Trust is not office-bound, but out there in the field, in amongst the remaining Wirebirds and Cabbage Trees, in the ruins of High Knoll Fort, or St John’s practice rooms, down with the fish on the wreck of the Papanui, but most importantly in the schools and other educational establishments on the island.
The website provides news about the Trust through a newsletter, and periodic news items, as well as more general conservation and environmental news on the island. To find out more on the Trust’s conservation work please visit the Conservation Programmes and News pages.
The Trust relies on the support of volunteers and the financial support of well-wishers. If St Helena is close to your heart, its isolation, its unique scenery and ecology and its wonderful people – then please consider providing support to help maintain these for present and future generations. To join the Trust or support our work, visit the Support pages. Please support the Trust
Why not sponsor a tree at the Millennium Forest? Support a Wirebird – or simply make a donation to general work? Whether you want to give a memorable gift to a loved one, or offset your carbon emissions, a globally unique Gumwood tree or Wirebird is ideal.
The objectives of the Trust are:
- To promote the appreciation, protection and enhancement of St Helena’s unique environmental and culture heritage.
- To acquire and hold in perpetuity land of natural beauty or buildings and objects of historic or cultural interest for the benefit of people today and of future generations.
- To give the people of St Helena a stake in the future of their unique environmental and cultural heritage.
- To provide opportunities for enjoyment, education, recreation and spiritual refreshment.
The Trust is established by Ordinance and unites in one organisation the Heritage Society, the Nature Conservation Group, the Art and Craft Association, the Dive Club, the Farmer’s Association, the Fisherman’s Association, the Tourism Association and Domaines Françaises. It is supported by the subscriptions of its members, grants, donations and legacies.
The Patron of the Trust is: HRH The Duke of York
With Honorary Members: Mrs Jessica March MBE and the late Mr George Benjamin BEM