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  • Our next UK trip: the Lake District
    Our next UK trip: the Lake District
  • Walkers at Wasdale, Cumbria - ©NTPL/Joe Cornish
    Walkers at Wasdale, Cumbria - ©NTPL/Joe Cornish
  • Our next UK trip: the Lake District
    Our next UK trip: the Lake District
  • Our next UK trip: the Lake District
    Our next UK trip: the Lake District

Dear Friends of the National Trust,

This is my first message to you since being elected Chairman of our association.  It is with trepidation and enthusiasm that I take up my mandate. Above all, let me thank you all for your confidence and trust. In return you can count on my best endeavours to serve our association with full commitment and pride.

To me the National Trust and the UK are familiar ground as my wife Mia and I have been active NT members during our assignment at the Belgian Embassy in London in the mid-80s. London is also the place where two of our children were born and where I was sent by my parents as a young adult many months of August in a row ‘to learn English’. Useless to say that since these days the UK has always remained close to our heart, -and always will be.

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