National Trust AGM

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Due to ongoing covid restrictions, this year’s National Trust AGM will include the option for members to attend online. Full information about the AGM will be available on the AGM web page. This page is currently showing the cancellation of the 2020 AGM, but the latest magazine states that the 2021 AGM is going ahead.

This is a good opportunity for members who may not normally be able to travel to the AGM, to attend. Online participants will still be able to vote and ask questions.

To contact the National Trust team responsible for the AGM, email them at

To find out more information about the Southport and Formby Association of the National Trust, please fill in our Contact Form.

National Trust Climate Change Map

National Trust Climate Change Map

The National Trust have developed a climate change map to illustrate the threat posed by climate change. The map plots locations against existing climate data and shows how potential risks could change by 2060. These risks include flooding and coastal erosion.

If there is no major change to emissions, the number of National Trust sites at high or medium risk could rise from 30% (in 2020) to 71% by 2060.

Some work is already underway, including tree planting and the use of temperature resistant plants.

Click HERE to view the full press release and access the National Trust climate change map.

The Southport and Formby Association (SoFA) works with the National Trust, to support local properties. To find out more about SoFA, please contact us using our Contact Form.

Natterjack Toads

Natterjack Toads - Formby Nature Reserve

The National Trust team at Formby Nature Reserve are helping to create habitats for Natterjack Toads

The National Trust team are working in partnership with Dynamic Dunescapes. Areas of overgrown vegetation are being removed and pools restored or even created. Natterjack toads are rare, the Sefton coastline being one of the few areas in the UK where they can be found. Due to their presence, the area has gained several international conservation designations.

Of course, the Sefton coast is also home to other endangered species. These include Sand Lizards and Northern Dune Tiger Beetles. We should also not forget Red Squirrels, who make their home at Formby.

Formby Nature Reserve is one of the local properties supported by SoFA. To enquire about joining SoFA please fill in our Contact Form.

Information courtesy of the National Trust Summer Magazine

One Way at Rufford Old Hall

To help make your visit safe and comfortable, the National Trust have introduced a one way system at Rufford Old Hall. You can see the path the route takes through the property on the map below. You should note that you are not restricted to a single tour around the route.

One way system at Rufford Old Hall

For further information about visiting Rufford Old Hall please visit the National Trust page for the property.

If you would like more information about SoFA please use our contact form to make your enquiry.

Car Parking at Formby NT

Car Parking changes at Formby NT

Car parking at Formby NT squirrel reserve has undergone some changes to improve the safety of the site and the experience of parking at Formby. The National Trust have introduced opening times and other changes at car parks which may affect your visit.

The changes include a height barrier at the entrance to Lifeboat Road car park, which restricts access to vehicles taller than 2.3m. High-sided vehicles, such as campervans and horseboxes, will have to park on an adjacent field at Lifeboat Road. The field is shut overnight and all remaining vehicles will be locked in. Overnight camping and parking is not permitted.

You can find full information about car parking at Formby NT on this page on the NT website.

If you are interested in finding out more about SoFA please complete our Contact Form.

National Trust Open Houses

National Trust Bunting

Subject to government confirmation, the National Trust are planning to open houses in England and Wales from 17 May 2021, and in Northern Ireland from 24 May 2021. To help people plan for visiting the houses once they re-open, the National Trust have published a page of advice on their website. That advice includes:

As the restrictions ease, SoFA will also recommence our events. These will include coffee mornings and trips to National Trust properties etc.

If you would like to find out more about SoFA, please complete our Contact Form.

Visitors walking through an NT garden - SoFA - National Trust Open Houses
Visitors walking through an NT garden