Trevose Head - one year on

Trevose Head lies five miles to the west of Padstow. It is one of North Cornwall's most prominent headlands and was acquired by the Trust one year ago with the help of gifts in Wills and generous donations.

It is particularly appropriate that this week, 11 – 17 September, the National Trust is taking part in Remember a Charity Week.  170 leading charities are working together to encourage more people to consider leaving a charitable gift in their Will.

In time the management of the headland will greatly contribute to our ambition to create a healthy, beautiful natural enviroment and reverse the current serious decline of nature in the UK.

None of this would be possible without the generous gift left by Mr and Mrs Harris from Maidenhead specifically for the sale and protection of Trevose Head. Their gift was used to secure the sale of the headland and as a result has directly contributed to the protection of Trevose Head; ensuring its remains a place for nature and for people. 

Mr Scholes also left a gift to the National Trust in his will. This was left for acquiring stretches of coast in the South west that the National Trust would be able to protect for the benefit of people for ever.

In both these instances, the generosity of these supporters has meant, that as a charity we have been able to buy and protect Trevose Head for ever, so that future generations can enjoy this amazing stretch of coast, and that nature can thrive.

Without these legacies we would not have been able to make an offer to buy and protect the headland and we will look after Trevose Head in their memory for ever. Without gifts in wills, we would face an uncertain future as a charity.

The Lighthouse at Trevose Head, Cornwall
A view towards the lighthouse at Trevose Head, Cornwall

The headland is already home to one of the strongest populations of Corn Bunting in the whole of the South West. These birds would once have been much more widespread in Cornwall but almost disappeared in the mid-1990s. Along with many other farmland species we hope to protect and increase teh Corn Bunting population over time.

In the South West the coast presents the biggest opportunity to increase areas of natural habitat. We want to see a future with a nature-rich coastal corridor with public access around the open part of the South West coast, regardless of who owns the land.

A family inside Ham House and Garden, Surrey

How to leave a gift in your will 

Whether you’re making a will for the first time or changing an existing one, it’s easier than you might think.