National Trust Guardianship

The Guardianship Scheme

Partnerships between National Trust properties and their local school

 The National Trust’s Guardianship Scheme has been running nationally since 1989 and is now well established across the country with both primary and secondary school Guardianships developed. There are well over 100 schemes throughout England & Wales, mainly at NT coast and countryside properties. The programme is currently sponsored by Sky.

 Since 2003, the National Trust’s wardening team for the Boscastle to Morwenstow area has had a working relationship with Jacobstow Primary School.

The Guardianship Scheme forges close and supportive links between schools and their local National Trust property. Staff from the Trust and school collaborate to develop active, imaginative and unique hands-on education programmes.

The ongoing relationship not only supports curriculum work, but also provides stimulating, practical experience of the great outdoors and conservation work. A Guardianship’s first aim is to enable and foster care and understanding for our wonderful natural environment – and have loads of fun!

Guardianships create opportunities for schools to:

  • participate in a wide range of practical activities that support the National Curriculum
  • get involved first hand in worthwhile practical conservation projects
  • explore and connect with their local environment
  • make full use of the local National Trust site and resources
  • build awareness of, interest in, and responsibility for the natural environment

 The National Trust Warden Team for Boscastle to Morwenstow is:

Jeff Cherrington – Area Warden

Mike Simmonds – Warden

Other staff members working on the Guardianship visits are Trainee Wardens who are full time volunteers, who stay with us for 6-12 months gaining experience of all our countryside management work.


Contact us at:

Stowe Barton Property Office, Kilkhampton, Bude, Cornwall. EX23 9JW. 01288 331372