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The National Trust works with more than 270 voluntary supporter groups, which provide support to the Trust in a large number of ways – physical, financial and promotional. Our Belgian Group NTAB is one of those supporter groups, listed in the NT Annual Report as ‘Belgium Association’.

Each year we reserve a major part of our financial surplus for a donation to NT properties in Britain. Traditionally we donate to properties that we were or will be visiting during our annual UK trip. We select the most suitable beneficiaries bearing in mind that we aim to give substantial exposure to our association and to support projects, preferably with a Belgian connection, for which we can see a tangible result.

At the Annual general meeting of 21 May 2016, our members approved the donation of €7110, about £6150) for support of properties in the Lake District: €2,440 to Sizergh Castle, €2,000 to Clandon Park and €2,670 to Fell Foot boathouse, to restore the damage from the recent flood.

For the year 2015 we donated €6000 - the equivalent to around £4300 - for Kingston Lacey (repair of glasshouses), Ham House (new trees), Washington Old Hall (property's wishlist) and Seaton Delaval Hall (garden seating).

In 2014 we donated to the Great Chalfield Object Inventory Project to fund the NT's acquisition of a 17th century ebonised wood and alabaster casket, crafted in Mechelen. Participants of our 2012 trip to Wales and Southern England will certainly remember our visit and lunch with Mr & Mrs Robert Floyd at Great Chalfield (click here)

We also supported Osterley Park, London, (click here) with a grant to purchase heavy gardening tools to clean the damage done to many trees by the  storms of previous winter, as well as the Stowe Archive Project.

In 2013 we donated to Carlyle House, in Chelsea, to allow Jane Carlyle’s sofa (click here) to be recovered in appropriate fabric with colour & style of its period, and to Peckover House & Garden for professional framing of 19th century architectural drawings, picture rail and lighting.

In 2012 we donated to Fenton House to complete the restoration of a Kirkman harpsichord (click here). The donation paid substantially for the last few months of salary for Ben Marks, who did the work. Ben is now Acting Keeper of Musical Instruments at Fenton House and works for other NT properties in maintaining & repairing their musical instruments.

List of NTAB donations over the period 2005-2016

(All amounts in Pounds Sterling)

2016      £ 6,150

£ 2,110 to Sizergh Castle, for the creation of the new 'stump garden'
£ 2,310 to Fell Foot boathouse, for the repair of the damage from the recent flood in the Lake District
£ 1,730 to Clandon Park.

2015      £ 4,300

£ 250 to Kingston Lacey, as a contribution for the repair of glasshouses.
£ 1,350 to Ham House for Hornbean trees (£350) and 2 oak planters (2 x £500);
£ 1,200 to Washington Old Hall, as a contribution to the property's wishlist: croquet set, petrol lawn mower, decorative gravel for Knot garden, garden tools for children, a Washington machine to launder Tudor school garments;
£ 1,500 to Seaton Delaval Hall, for garden seating.

2014      £ 4,500

£ 2,500 to Great Chalfield Object Inventory Project, to fund the NT's acquisition of the "Malines ebonised wood and alabaster casket".
£ 1,500 to Osterley Park, London, to purchase heavy gardening tools to clean the damage done to many trees by the  storms of previous winter.
£ 500 to the Stowe Archive Project, to purchase storing materials as stated in the description of the project.

2013      £ 2,000

£ 1,000 to Carlyle House, in Chelsea, to allow Jane Carlyle’s sofa to be recovered in appropriate fabric with colour & style of its period.
£ 1,000 to Peckover House & Garden, which we visited during our 2013 UK trip, for professional framing of 19th century architectural drawings, picture rail and lighting..

2012      £ 5,000

£ 2,000 to Fenton House, in Hampstead, to cover the continuation of an important restoration project for their collection of early keyboard instruments.
£ 3,000 to Sandham Memorial Chapel, for educational panels with background information on the mural paintings by Stanley Spencer, planned to be ready for the centennial of the Great War.

2011      £ 5,000

£ 5,000 to Quebec House, South East, for the Flemish patchwork bedcover in Wolfe's bedroom.

2010      £ 7,548

£ 1,000 to Chartwell, South East, for the exhibit of Churchill's 'hidden treasures';
£ 1,500 to Chartwell, South East, for an oak bench;
£ 1,000 to Scotney castle, South East, for an oak bench;
£ 3,548 to Uppark, South East, for window blinds and UV-filters, to protect the interiors from sunlight;
£ 500 to Winchester City Mill, Thames & Solent, for cookery cards.

2009      £ 6,452

£ 3,000 to Oxburgh Hall, East of England, for the conservation of a 17th century Antwerp cabinet (click here)
£ 3,000 to Woolsthorpe Manor, East Midlands, for a new front door to Isaac Newton's house;
£ 452 to Clumber Park, East Midlands, for garden equipment.

2008      £ 7,442

£ 7,442 to Chedworth Roman Villa, Wessex, for renovation.

2007      £ 3,493

£ 3.493 to Gibside, Yorkshire, for a geophysical survey of the walled garden.

2006      £ 694    

£ 694 to Nunnington Hall, Yorkshire, for a frame for a newly discovered Turner painting. See:Tip for traveling in the UK

2005      £ 9,974

£ 2,500 to Florence Court, Northern Ireland, for the restoration of a Ross painting;
£ 2,474 to Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland, for the restoration of Flemish tapestries;
£ 2,500 to Snowshill Manor, Wessex, for the new green house;
£ 2,500 to Charlecote Park, West Midlands, for a children's activity pack.