Fast forward to 2015, and what do we think is the biggest challenge the nation faces, in which the National Trust we can play a part? It's not saving great houses any more, though we need to make sure that people carry on enjoying them and feel that the past they represent is still relevant to their lives today. No, the threat is to the health and beauty of our countryside.
Octavia Hill championed the 'environment' at the height of the industrial revolution when our towns and cities were expanding rapidly. For her the environment was the link between where we live and the way we live: about everything from the quality of our housing to access to green spaces.