National Trust launches £250,000 coastal appeal to protect stunning Cornish clifftop

A £250,000 fundraising appeal is today  being launched by the National Trust to raise money to protect and care for Trevose Head near Padstow in Cornwall.

The fund will enable the conservation charity to extend areas of existing wildlife habitat on Trevose, whilst retaining other areas as arable farmland. Both are important in supporting rare wildlife. National Trust rangers will also create new footpaths, opening up the headland for visitors.

Thanks to the generosity of people who have left gifts to the National Trust in their Wills, the Trust is able to commit significant funds towards the purchase of Trevose Head.

Trevose Head -55 by John Miller

Trevose Head (c) National Trust Images / John Miller


Trevose is one of Cornwall’s most prominent headlands. It comprises of 221.5 acres and National Trust ownership will ensure it is protected for ever, for everyone, joining many other beautiful stretches of Cornish coastline many protected by the Trust for people to enjoy.

The coastline at Trevose is very dramatic and of exceptional beauty. The headland dominates the coastline of North Cornwall and is highly visible from many viewpoints.

Trevose Head lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and approximately 80 acres is designated as part of the Constantine Bay Site of Special Scientific Interest for its sea cliffs, maritime grassland, maritime heath and wet habitats.

The sea cliffs at Trevose are of special interest for the presence of a number of rare and uncommon plants, most notably the globally rare Shore Dock and GB red list species Wild Asparagus.

The National Trust is able to purchase Trevose Head through the generosity of people who have left gifts to the charity in their Wills. The main contributions have come from generous legacies from Mr & Mrs Harris of Maidenhead, specifically left for any future purchase of Trevose Head and a legacy from Mr Trevor Scholes left specifically for a coastal acquisition.

Trevose Head -1 by John Miller

(c) National Trust Images / John Miller

Nick Lawrence, Assistant Director of Operations for the National Trust in the South West, said: “This is a beautiful place, a true jewel on the North Cornwall coast.  We have a great opportunity to ensure this piece of coastline is a fantastic place for both nature and people for ever and honour the gifts in wills given to us for the purpose of acquiring Trevose Head.  It is only thanks these generous gifts that we have been in a position to acquire this important headland.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to permanently secure and protect this headland for everyone to enjoy.  We now need our supporters to help us care for Trevose Head for ever by donating to our Trevose Head campaign, launched today.”

Tim Ryland of Lodge & Thomas, agents representing the vendor, said:  “The owner of Trevose is delighted the National Trust has agreed to buy Trevose Head. It’s a place that is held dear and they wanted to ensure its future was secure. They are confident that the National Trust will continue to care for it as the vendor has done for many years and will enable the local community and visitors alike to continue to enjoy this magnificent landscape.”

It costs the National Trust £3,000 to look after each mile of coast each year. That equates to an annual cost of £1m to manage the 300 miles of coastline the National Trust cares for in the South West and ensure that access is maintained.

The gifts that generous supporters leave the Trust in their wills vary each year and make up a large proportion of our income.  Without such generous gifts, the Trust would not be in a position to purchase Trevose Head.

If you would like more details on helping the National Trust in the future please contact Wendy Dolan on 01208 265217 or

Public support is vital to protect our changing coastline in the future.  The fundraising appeal launched today will help to ensure that the Trust has sufficient funds to care for Trevose Head in the future and to make sure that it remains as a fantastic site for coastal wildlife and a place for everyone to enjoy.

There are three easy ways to donate and support the Trevose Head campaign and the work of the National Trust:

  1. Online at
  2. Phone the National Trust Supporter Services Centre on 0344 800 1895
  3. Post a cheque, made payable to ‘National Trust’, with ‘Trevose campaign’ written on the back of the cheque, can be posted to: National Trust, Supporter Services Centre, National Trust, PO Box 574, Rotherham S63 3FH

For more information:


For full press information and hi-res images please contact Tom Seaward on or 01793 818544.


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