National Trust spent record £148.4million on conservation in 2018 

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() National Trust spent record £148.4million on conservation in 2018 after membership soared by more than 300,000 Membership has increased to 5.6million in 2018/2019, according to their annual report £104.5million was spent on buildings and collections and £35.7million on coast and countryside It has 65,000 volunteers, who gave more than 4.8million hours of their time

By Alisha Rouse For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:26 BST, 2 September 2019 | Updated: 01:29 BST, 2 September 2019

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National Trust membership has climbed above 5.5 million in a record-breaking year for conservation spending, the charity has announced.

The organisation spent more than £148million on conservation and restoration projects in 2018/19, according to their annual report released today.

Membership also increased by more than 300,000 to 5.6million in 2018/19.

Among other projects, money was spent on the restoration of England’s highest war memorial on Scafell Pike and the reintroduction of water voles on Exmoor, in the 12 months to February 2019.

The National Trust spent more than £148million on conservation and restoration projects in 2018/19 (stock image)

The National Trust spent more than £148million on conservation and restoration projects in 2018/19 (stock image)

The charity spent £10million more than the previous year, with £104.5million put towards buildings and collections, £35.7million spent on coast and countryside, and £8.2million on gardens.

A total of 26.9million visits were

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