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Why increase in National Trust membership fees is good news for the North East


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The National Trust is to increase its membership charges to help fund its wide-ranging heritage and nature conservation projects.

From next month, people over 26 will pay £3 a year extra, while family membership will go up by £6 a year. A family with two adult members will now pay £126 a year.

Over-60s who have been members for at least five of the past 10 years will see a £2.52 annual rise and a joint loyal senior membership will go up by £4.80, while young people aged 18-25 will pay an extra £1.50 a year.

There is no rise in the £10 membership for junior members aged five to 17 which was introduced last year.

The trust said the increase would generate an extra £11million to pay for work to protect countryside and heritage, and major spending projects in the North East include two on the Northumberland coast.

In 2017 the trust acquired its first stretch of Northumberland coastal land for almost 30 years in a £1.5m deal.



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