Celebrating 30 years of Cape Cornwall

The National Trust is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Heinz buying Cape Cornwall for the nation.

As part of their centenary celebrations in 1987, Heinz purchased Cape Cornwall for the nation and presented it to the National Trust.

Ian Marsh, General Manager at the National Trust, says, ‘The far sighted gift of Cape Cornwall to the National Trust by Heinz in 1987 enabled it to be protected forever and for everyone.  It’s now part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and many people enjoy its history and spectacular location jutting out into the Atlantic.  It’s a real jewel in the crown for us in West Cornwall and now in its 30th year of ownership by the Trust we’re pleased to be remembering the generosity of the donors and looking forward to the next 30 years of caring for this special place.’

Nigel Dickie from Heinz says, ‘To celebrate the first 100 years of Heinz varieties being sold in the UK and as part of a conservation programme in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund the company saved Cape Cornwall for the nation. As England’s only cape, this outstanding stretch of un-spoilt coastline was under threat from developers. Heinz stepped in and purchased Cape Cornwall and then bequeathed it in perpetuity to the National Trust for all to enjoy. It is an example of how Heinz has sought to give back to communities and the nation where Heinz varieties have become part of the national diet. Other examples include gifts such as Dunwich Heath, also now owned by the National Trust, and the company’s ambition, now as Kraft Heinz, to provide 1 billion nutritious meals by 2021 to fight hunger around the world.”

Staff and volunteers celebrated the occasion by walking to the top of the cape and enjoying an unusual cake in the shape of Cape Cornwall, with icing baked beans as the sea.

You can get involved by looking out for 'Cans on the Cape' this summer which have QR codes on the bottom to find out a little bit more about this special place.