Marsden Rock Surf at Tyne and WearButterfly on a plant. The National Trust preserves wildlife.A statue in the garden at Hidcote. The Royal Oak Foundation assists the National Trust in its efforts to preserve and maintain historical gardensChurch tower near Croft Castle. The Royal Oak Foundation makes it easy for Americans to visit the castles, gardens and areas of natural beauty protected by the National Trust.

Grants Awarded 2013

The Foundation's Grants Committee, chaired by Thomas M. Kelly, meets twice a year in advance of the second and fourth quarter Board Meetings to review contributions received for specific campaigns and programs. The committee evaluates the connection each project has to the Foundation's mission and recommends grants for approval by the full Board of Directors. The following grants were among those approved by the Board in 2013. The full list of grants for 2012 is available in the Foundation's annual report at

Seaton Delaval
Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland
© National Trust Images/Simon Fraser

Seaton Delaval

This house was built in Northumberland in the 18th Century for Admiral George Delaval and is one of John Vanbrugh’s finest works. The Delaval Family owned the house from the 11th century until it was sold over to the Trust in 2009. A grant of $2,100 was made for the ongoing preservation of the house and surrounding parkland.

East of England Region
Blickling Hall, Norfolk
© National Trust Images/Mike Williams

East of England Region

In September 2013, the Royal Oak Board of Directors visited Trust properties in the East of England region to get a deeper understanding of the National Trust priorities in this area. Directors visited many Trust properties, including Ickworth, Oxburgh Hall, Anglesey Abbey, and Blakeney Nature Reserve and enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Blickling Hall. A grant of $10,000, raised from the participants of this tour, was made for the library at Blickling, which holds the finest collection of books and manuscripts owned by the National Trust. Most of the 12,500 volumes in the library were collected by Sir Richard Ellys in the 18th century and include highly decorated medieval manuscripts, many works in Greek and Latin and first editions of Jane Austen’s novels.

Lake District

With a generous lead grant from one supporter, Royal Oak was able to make a grant of $11,000 for dry stone wall building and repair at Watendlath in the Lake District.

Cornish Coastal Path

$1,100 was awarded for the ongoing cost of maintaining the sections of the 630-mile long Cornish coastal path which are on National Trust land.

Great Chalfield
Great Chalfield Manor, Wiltshire
© National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Great Chalfield

Royal Oak made a grant of $5,500 to assist in the acquisition of selected books and objects original to this beautiful moated 15th century Wiltshire manor house, from the donor family.

Mount Stewart Library
Mount Stewart House, Co Down, Northern Ireland
© National Trust Images/Peter Aprahamian

Mount Stewart Library

With a lead grant from the Olive Brose Charitable Remainder Trust, a grant of $91,000 was made to help the National Trust purchase the final portion of the Londonderry family’s private library at Mount Stewart, from the family, and ensure that this important collection will remain intact and on public display at Mount Stewart.

Mount Stewart Gardens

A grant of $30,000 was given to help in the restoration of the gardens at Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland. The gardens, located on the shores of Strangford Lough, created by Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry in the 1920s and 30s, are famed around the world for their grandeur and the bold planting schemes of many rare plants.

Welsh Gardeners Training

A grant of $1,200 was made to help pay for the training of gardeners for National Trust properties in Wales.

White Cliffs of Dover
Portion of the White Cliffs of Dover acquired by the National Trust in 2012
© National Trust Images/John Miller

White Cliffs of Dover

Following the grant of $60,000 made in in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s golden jubilee in 2012, an additionl grant of $3,500 was made to the campaign, to provide for the development and ongoing maintenance of a walking path across the new stretch of cliffs specifically designed for children and young people.

Various Properties

In 2013 Royal Oak awarded $11,652 to support various properties which have assisted in recruiting new members for the Foundation.

Sponsored Projects Initiatives

The Great Dixter Charitable Trust

This beautiful house dates partly from 15th and 16th centuries and also has a section designed by Edward Lutyens. It is famous for its extraordinary garden designed by celebrated gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd. In 2013 grants of $79,800 were made to take on trainee gardeners, to carry out educational and display programs and to undertake garden, buildings and curatorial conservation projects.

The Furniture History Society

The Society promotes and supports research in the history of furniture and interiors. In 2014 the society will celebrate its 50th anniversary and ROF made a grant of $29,700 towards the special appeal to raise funds to support and encourage research and education in the field of furniture and interiors.