Save Shamrock appeal

It isn't possible at this current time to say when the Cotehele Shamrock project might resume. Like most charities we've been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. We've therefore had to defer, or in some cases stop, a large proportion of planned project spend in order to cover essential maintenance costs. We thank everyone for their patience and support during these difficult times.

Tamar sailing barge Shamrock with her sails up at Cotehele, Cornwall
Apples in the Mother Orchard at Cotehele

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Shamrock on Cotehele Quay by Rena Gardiner

Why is Shamrock so important?

Shamrock is the last and most advanced Tamar sailing barge ever built. Her life has been intimately linked with Cornwall and the Tamar Valley for the last 120 years, making her a personality in these parts and an inspiration for many artists, including Rena Gardiner. Recent restoration work uncovered hidden structural issues and we urgently need to raise £120k to replace her false keel and keelson and get her back on the water.

  • We need your help to raise £120,000 for Phase 2 of Shamrock's repair work
  • Shamrock's last major restoration took place in 1974 when she first came into National Trust care
  • Shamrock was the last Tamar sailing barge ever built and is 1 of only 2 that are still sailing

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A row of handmade nails ready for use in the Shamrock conservation
Shipwright Shaune working on an earlier phase of Shamrock's conservation
Shamrock in the water ready to sail to Saltash in 2015
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Thank you for supporting the Save Shamrock appeal. Together we can get this 120 year old Tamar sailing barge back on the water

Why give to the National Trust?

As a charity, we're dedicated to conserving our nation’s natural and human history for generations to come to enjoy. From preserving the historic buildings in our care to protecting nature and wildlife in outdoor spaces, by donating to our General Fund appeal, you'll help us to act quickly to look after special places. Donations also help us release match funding from various sources including corporates, grant-giving bodies like the Landfill Communities Fund, and Charitable Trusts. This means every pound you give helps us raise even more for vital conservation work.

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