The Tatton Park Charitable Trust was created to develop education, restoration and conservation projects for the benefit of the public in and around Tatton Park. The Trust projects provide excellent opportunities for individuals and companies to be part of historic Tatton Park through a variety of small and large projects.
In 2005 the National Trust and Cheshire County Council jointly agreed an initiative to generate extra funds for use at Tatton Park. In a move which raised many thousands of pounds, the Trust and the County Council decided to auction the right of use of the 'M1' vehicle registration mark, one of the most sought-after UK registrations.
'M1' was the first registration in the county of Cheshire, and was later transferred to a 1900 Benz 'Comfortable' owned by the last Lord Egerton of Tatton Park, and has remained with the vehicle ever since.
It was decided that the funds raised would be held in a newly formed charitable trust and used for future conservation, restoration and education work at Tatton.