The St Helena National Trust is an independent 'not-for-profit' organisation, launched in May 2002, the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the island. With some input from UKOTCF, it brought together several pre-existing NGOs.

St Helena botanist, Dr Rebecca Cairns-Wicks, pointing out a he-cabbage, one of several St Helena endemic plants reduced to a few individuals. Copyright: Dr Mike Pienkowski 

St Helena botanist (and President of SHNT), Dr Rebecca Cairns-Wicks, pointing out a he-cabbage, one of several St Helena endemic plants reduced to a few individuals. Copyright: Dr Mike Pienkowski

It aims to promote the appreciation, protection and enhancement of St Helena's unique environmental and culture heritage.

 

The Trust acquires, and holds in perpetuity, land of natural beauty or buildings and objects of historic or cultural interest, for the benefit of people today and of future generations.

 

It recognises the importance of enabling the people of St Helena to have a stake in the future of their unique environmental and cultural heritage, and provides opportunities for enjoyment, education, recreation and spiritual refreshment.