Looking after the Carmarthenshire Coast

A group of volunteers pose at Ragwen Beach with COASTodian kit

Did you know that Dinefwr is just one of a very diverse portfolio of properties that are looked after by National Trust Carmarthenshire?

We also protect Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Cwmdu village, Paxton's Tower and lots,lots more.

We rely on our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to help us conserve our special places. On our coastal properties, like Ragwen Point and Morfa Bychan Bay, we call our volunteers COASTodians. 

What is the COASTodian initiative?

The COASTodian initiative is a new way to get involved with looking after special places on the Welsh coast. If you have a favourite place and would like to help look after it, then the COASTodian initiative is just what you’re looking for.

How do I get involved?

The easiest way to get involved is to turn up at one of our COASTodian taster sessions. By sparing a few minutes of your time to help one us carry out a conservation task, you will become a COASTodian and receive a Welcome Pack with ideas on how you can help the Welsh coast. Taster sessions are taking place in popular sites throughout 2016, whenever we need help with something.
If you are familiar with a particular National Trust place – a beach or stretch of coast – and visit it regularly, you may be interested in becoming a community COASTodian. We have opportunities around the coast for individuals or families to become COASTodians. Your role would be to regularly visit the site, help other people enjoy their visit, check the condition of paths and inform the local Ranger of any problems. You may also wish to help in a particular way, by recording wildlife sightings or researching local history etc. You will also support our Rangers by being involved with taster sessions, encouraging others to be COASTodians.
 
Another way to be involved is to become a coordinator COASTodian. This is similar to a community COASTodian but would also involve coordinating other COASTodians on some of our busier sites.
And finally, if you’re a pupil in a school near the coast, you may wish to approach your local National Trust team to discuss possibilities of becoming a junior COASTodian. Two schools (Morfa Nefyn and Broadhaven) are currently involved with this initiative. In time, we hope to extend this to more local schools, so keep in touch for more detail.

Where can I find out more?

Contact our Volunteering Officer, Amy Maund on: 01558 825131