Adventurers help shape Trust future

ADVENTUROUS children are being recruited for a key role in the National Trust.

And to kick-off the initiative, the organisation is offering free children’s admission to more than 200 of its properties, including Wallington, Cragside, Seaton Delaval Hall and Lindisfarne Castle, throughout August.

The trust is seeking ten children, aged seven to 12, to form a new Kids’ Council that will provide advice on developing the charity’s outdoor campaigns and making its sites more fun for younger visitors.

The aim is to get more children to explore the outdoors and nature.

Candidates should be enthusiastic and full of fun, and have a natural love of the outdoors, an adventurous spirit and a wild imagination.

The council will meet throughout 2013 and children will report their views to the trust’s Visitor Experience Director Tony Berry.

Mr Berry said: “We are really committed to helping kids enjoy the great outdoors and we want to make our places the most fun and family-friendly day out destinations in the UK. I’m really excited that our new Kids’ Council will help us do just that.

“Our kids go free promotion for the entire month of August will not only give kids and their families the chance to get out and explore, but hopefully inspire them to apply for our Kids’ Council and let us know what we can do better in the future.”

To take advantage of the kids go free promotion, families should download a voucher from the trust website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Application forms for the council will also be available online and should be returned via e-mail, post or handed in at trust properties by Friday, September 7.

The winning candidates will be offered free access to National Trust sites for themselves and their families for a year, as well as canoeing, surfing and camping experiences.