Help preserve legal trail-hunting on National Trust land

CA urges support from National Trust members

  1. About the campaign
  2. How you can help
  3. How to use your National Trust vote

The vote to preserve trail-hunting on National Trust land is now open!

We have put together a complete guide to voting and you can go to this website now. You must vote before 23:59 on 13th October.

If you wish to attend the AGM and vote in person, you must still complete the voting form  and return it either by post or online.

The Countryside Alliance representative to vote by proxy will be our Head of Hunting Polly Portwin. Please inform to confirm you have appointed Polly as your proxy.


About the campaign

The Countryside Alliance “urges all members of the National Trust to use their vote to oppose the members’ resolution put forward to ban trail-hunting”, that will take place at the Trust’s AGM at their headquarters in Swindon on 21 October.

“We cannot underestimate the importance of members using their vote to support legal trail-hunting on NT land,” explained Polly Portwin, the CA’s Head of Hunting. There are currently more than 60 hunts that apply for a licence to enable them access to National Trust land, but if this motion carries at the AGM then a number of these hunts may no longer be viable due to a lack of country.”

“Voting papers and full details about when and how to vote will be included in the AGM documentation sent out to eligible members of the NT at the beginning of September. They will also be available online so please ensure you respond by the appropriate date which we will remind people of when the closing date for proxy votes is confirmed.”

The CA’s president, Labour peer and long-standing member of the National Trust (NT), Baroness Mallalieu QC stands firmly behind our campaign: “Our countryside has never been under more pressure than today,” she revealed. “The National Trust was founded to preserve our heritage for all of us to enjoy but sadly it appears to have lost sight of its purpose.”

Describing why it is critical to vote against the motion and send a clear message to members of the NT’s board of trustees, Baroness Mallalieu continued: “Those of us who care about its real work and its future survival as a respected national charity need to point its trustees back in the right direction.”

The full AGM booklet published by the National Trust, is now available online.

How you can help

There are many ways that you can get involved and enforce our campaign to help preserve legal trail-hunting on National Trust land.

1. Register for email updates

2. Spread the word

Download our campaign poster and post it up in your local area to make other supporters aware.

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3. Share the campaign on social media

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4. Reach out to National Trust members
  • If you are a NT member, look out for your voting papers which will arrive by post and ensure that you vote before 13th October 2017. Or you can go to this website to vote.
  • Members and non-members can help spread the message to save legal trail-hunting as far and wide as possible by sharing this campaign with their contacts. Encourage those contacts to forward it on to all their friends, families and colleagues too.
  • Communicate with contacts via social media by keeping an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages then sharing and re-tweeting any posts and updates regarding this campaign.

Use your vote

Voting is now open online, don’t miss your chance! Go to this website to vote before 13th October. Please follow our complete guide to voting.

Voting in person:

If you wish to attend the AGM and vote in person, you must still complete the voting form and return it – either by post or online – before the closing date of 13th October.

The Countryside Alliance, Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) and Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles (AMHB) will all have representatives at the AGM who are happy to vote by proxy on a members’ behalf. For further details, please email:


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