Paul Rees - White Cliffs Volunteer

White Cliffs of Dover © Paul Wakefield

White Cliffs of Dover

Paul Rees, a White Cliffs of Dover Volunteer explains how much the appeal meant to him.

'For me, the appeal of this area is in its natural and human history. Combine this with its special atmosphere which cannot be bettered which changes according to the weather from bright and sunny with terrific views, to mysterious in fog with the sound of fog horns, to dramatic in strong winds and crashing seas.

Many visitors are amazed to discover the extent of history here, with most familiar with its military significance. They too, are surprised by the breathtaking views and the wide variety of flora and fauna, even on the current narrow coastal path, when they visit in the spring and summer.

The acquisition of the land by the National Trust will ensure the continuation of the coastal path and access to South Foreland Lighthouse, even in light of the two substantial cliff falls earlier this year. It will also enable visitors to see a greater area of natural chalk grassland and it's associated wild flowers, which, currently is only a narrow trampled strip.

I hope that in future, the wider coastal area will revert to natural chalk grassland with its superb colourful array of calcareous wild flowers, including orchids, and their associated fauna, such as the Blue butterfly. This can only enhance our experience'.