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Bookings on National Trust working holidays up 50% on last year

Bookings on National Trust working holidays up 50% on last year

The National Trust reports that bookings for its working holidays have increased by 50% compared to this time last year. The activity holidays have been running for 45 years, and enable people to get out in the fresh air and help conserve the country’s natural environment.

The holiday activities include surfing while repairing footpaths in Devon, planting trees and photographing Snowdonia or dry-stone walling alongside Hadrian’s Wall in Northumbria.

The National Trust puts the growth down in part to the growing number of Britons who are choosing to holiday within the UK due to the economic downturn.

The Trust’s Head of Holidays, Marianne Wanstall, said: “We’re really focused on providing unique experiences; our most popular choices are those with activities at their core, such as cycling, surfing, sailing, bush craft or photography. One of the real positives is the range of participants, from young to old, and we’re delighted that there’s been a major growth in our family holiday packages.”

Working holidaymakers join 60,000 people who volunteer regularly for the National Trust across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/workingholidays

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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