National Trust (again) in Stock photography discussion and contributor experience Posted November 10, 2016 +1 Might well When Alamy had its recent cull of National Trust pictures, amongst mine deleted were several taken in Winkworth Arboretum. There is a public footpath which runs right through the arboretum, from which it is perfectly legal to take photographs free from any claimed National Trust restrictions: access is available to anyone, as of right, not subject to National Trust terms. The footpath is well signposted and follows some of the main paths in the arboretum, giving access to some of the best views. Some of my deleted pictures were taken from the footpath. I went to Winkworth again on Monday: I tend to go there a couple of times a year because it is near to where I live. I had not previously noted which pictures were taken from the footpath, but this time I did make a note for those I took a couple of days ago, for future reference if needed. Given the128 character limit in the Caption field, I do not want to waste these by inserting "taken from public footpath", but perhaps I will try including this in the Description field, to see if this does any good. To Alamy's credit, they did reinstate some of my pictures of Winchester City Mill when I sent them proof that the photographs could only have been taken from outside National Trust property. The National Trust has shot itself in the foot with its greed on this issue. My wife and I used to have very positive feelings towards the National Trust, to the extent that National Trust was one of two equal residuary legatees under our wills (i.e. if the specific legacies all fail, then the residuary legatees inherit our estates). We are a small family, with only two presently surviving named beneficiaries under our wills. They are, statistically, likely to outlive us and if this happens, then of course neither residuary legatee would get anything, but it is not impossible that they will not: for example, last autumn the entire family was in the same aeroplanes on safari (some of the smaller ones of which in particular seemed to be death traps waiting to happen!). I am fortunate to have had a successful career and our estates will, by most standards, be substantial. Such is my distaste for the National Trust's policies on photography that we have changed our wills to remove National Trust as a residuary legatee. They might well not have received anything anyway, but had they done so, the amounts would have dwarfed anything they could ever have made out of their photography policy. Their greed, their loss. Graham I hope you've made the Trust aware of your decisions, Graham? It would be interesting to hear their response. Alex +1 Might well be worth writing to them to ensure they're aware of how their policy is annoying their members. And/or perhaps one of us should write an article for one of the photographic magazines about this issue!