Established in 1970, the Montserrat National Trust is the only NGO commissioned with the preservation of Montserrat's  Heritage.

The dedication of its many volunteers has kept the trust alive and has been vital to the institution completing its many projects. The membership includes the local community and the vibrant Montserrat population now living overseas. Its daily operations are run by a staff of five with its organisational oversight provided by a board of executives.

The Trust's main objectives are:

  • to conserve and enhance the beauty of Montserrat;
  • to preserve and rehabilitate historical sites, including but not limited to buildings, monuments, documents, chattels etc;
  • to preserve the fauna and flora of Montserrat. Making the public aware of the value and beauty of the island's heritage;
  • to pursue a policy of preservation and act in an advisory capacity;
  • to acquire property for the benefit of the island;
  • to attract funds by means of subscriptions, donations, bequests and grants for the effective carrying out of the objects;
  • to compile a photographic and architectural record of the above.

At the time of writing, most of UKOTCF's in-territory project work is with partners on Montserrat, primarily MNT. For over 20 years, we have worked on a variety of projects.

Some examples include: providing international expert advice to improve incorporation of environmental considerations in physical planning; leveraging marine techni­cal support from Waitt Initiative (worth approx.$500k p/a); securing British Museum support for archive preservation and other grants for rain-water capture in the botanic gardens; giving oral and written evidence to UK Parliament’ Environment Audit Committee; supporting attendance of Montserrat personnel at working meetings and their inclusion in inter-territory discussions, leading to partnerships with other UKOTs; creation of a virtual tour and social media for the Montserrat National Trust (MNT); access to several EU-funded projects (NetBiome; BEST); facilitating training & planning on implementation of international commitments; coordinating discussions at start of volcanic activity to develop emergency programmes, leading to several still-current conservation and research projects (Centre Hills biodiversity assessment); biodiversity survey & planning study; volunteer placements; establishing international important sites under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; creation of a nature guide-book to support local economy and provide a modest funding stream for MNT

In 2016, UKOTCF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Montserrat Government (GoM) and Montserrat National Trust (MNT). This acknowledged the partnership and aimed to ensure continuation of UKOTCF support.

The most recent 2-year project in Montserrat ends in March 2017, for more information visit our project page