The milestone comes as the Trust celebrates its 125th anniversary of protecting and caring for places so people and nature can thrive, and where everyone is welcome.
Membership numbers in Northern Ireland have nearly doubled in the past ten years from 52,000 members in 2010 to over 100,000 in 2020, over five percent of the entire Northern Ireland population.
Family group (two adults and their children or grandchildren), joint (two adults) and joint pensioner (two adults, senior concession) are the three most popular membership types in Northern Ireland.
Free access to the charity’s houses, gardens, UNESCO World heritage sites and 108 miles of coastline are just some of the benefits that members can enjoy in Northern Ireland, as well as entry to hundreds more places in Wales and England, with every visit enabling the organisation to continue its vital work at these locations.
Sonja Orderley, Membership Promotion Consultant for the National Trust in Northern Ireland, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see our membership base grow to over 100,000 in Northern Ireland. We’re delighted that more people than ever before are enjoying what the National Trust has to offer, from UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Giant’s Causeway, to mountains, mansion houses, countryside and coastline.”
Hilary McGrady, Director General for the National Trust said: ‘It’s fantastic to see Northern Ireland reach the landmark of 100,000 members. This news comes just days after Wales announced their 200,000th member and in the year that we celebrate 125 years of the Trust. Our founders believed that everyone should have access to nature, beauty and history and we are guided by these principles today.”