The National Trust is dedicated to the preservation of built and natural heritage.
The National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago was established by Act No. 11 of 1991 (the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago Act, 1991). To complete the Act prior to its proclamation, amendments were effected by way of Act No. 31 of 1999 – the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago (Amendment) Act, 1999. The National Trust launched its public awareness and membership drive in 2002.
The Trust is established for the purpose of:-
(a) listing and acquiring such property of interest as the Trust considers appropriate;
(b) permanently preserving lands that are property of interest and as far as practicable, retaining their natural features and conserving the animal and plant life;
(c) preserving, maintaining, repairing and servicing or, arranging for the preservation of property of interest other than land and where such property of interest comprises buildings, augmenting the amenities of such buildings and their surroundings;
(d) making provision for the access to and enjoyment of property of interest by the public;
(e) encouraging research into property of interest including, where applicable, any animal, plant or marine life associated therewith;
(f) compiling photographic or architectural records of property of interest;
(g) making the public aware of the value and beauty of the heritage of Trinidad and Tobago; and
(h) advising the Government on the conservation and preservation of property of interest and on any or all of the matters referred to above.
In fulfillment of its mandate to formally list properties and sites which are important to our national heritage, the Trust listed 29 sites. Once listed, in accordance with Section 8 of the National Trust Act (No. 11 of 1991 and Amendment No. 31 of 1999) the property is deemed a heritage property and is entitled to legal protection.
Products available for sale:
- Membership of the Trust – online access
- Online purchases of products related to the heritage and culture of Trinidad Tobago.