A few facts about the coastline we care for
Find out more about the coastline you surf on and what it takes to look after over 700 miles it:
- As a charity, we rely heavily on hundreds of volunteers every year who help to maintain coastal footpaths and take part in various beach-cleans.
- The management and conservation of our coastal land costs approximately £3,000 per mile, per year.
- We own hundreds of coastal car parks, income from which is ploughed straight back into the management and conservation of the surrounding area. Become a member and you get to use our car parks for free.
- In managing the coast, new challenges such as climate change and sea level rise, fisheries management and the need for a marine planning system have led us to shift our focus beyond the limits of our land ownership and get involved in issues affecting the broader coastal zone.
- Set up in 1895 to protect places of historic or natural beauty for the nation to enjoy, we're Britain’s largest coastal landowner and Europe’s largest conservation organisation. We protect 720 miles of the coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- In 1965 we launched The Neptune Coastline Campaign in response to growing fears that development was slowly destroying the best of the nation's natural coastline. Four decades on, the campaigning spirit and generosity of thousands of people has helped us to raise £45 million and acquire over 700 miles of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and open it up to the millions of people who enjoy it every year.