Calling all COASTodians
Do you have a favourite National Trust spot on the Wales coast? Here’s how you can help look after it for future generations.
If you love a beach or stretch of coast near you, you may be interested in becoming a Community COASTodian. This National Trust Wales initiative provides opportunities for people who visit their local beauty spot regularly to play a vital part in its care, by checking the condition of paths, monitoring wildlife, informing the ranger of any issues and helping others enjoy the site.
It’s all part of our wider work to protect the Welsh coastline. We first dipped our toes into the waters when, more than a century ago, Barmouth resident Fanny Talbot donated Dinas Oleu to the fledgling National Trust, wishing to see its wild and unspoilt beauty preserved for the nation.
The tide of modern development threatening our shores, and their wildlife, has crept onwards during the 20th century and in 1965 we launched the Enterprise Neptune Appeal. Donations to the appeal helped save Whiteford Burrows on the Gower peninsula from a future as a landfill site.
The Neptune appeal has since gone on to become the Trust's most successful campaign - the Coastline Campaign – and, with public support, our protection of the very best of the Welsh coast has increased to a total of 157 miles. Last year we were pleased to be able to save nearly 150 acres of wildlife rich grassland on the Great Orme, near Llandudno.
Today, the challenges facing our coastline aren’t just from development. As part of our latest Shifting Shores report we’ve looked at the impact of climate change on flooding and erosion and how we can manage our coastline around Wales in the future.
The COASTodian initiative is a simple and rewarding way to get involved in your own community. Drop in at one of our many local taster sessions, where you can join us in a conservation task, get a Welcome Pack and find out more about being a COASTodian.
Download a copy of the COASTodian Factsheet: COASTodian Factsheet (PDF / 2.9MB) download
To ask about being a COASTodian, get in touch with one of our local contacts: COASTodian Contacts (PDF / 0.4MB) download
" I visit my site whenever I can, making sure it’s clean and tidy and reporting any problems to Kevin our local ranger. I find it a really enjoyable way of doing something great for one of my favourite places."