We have some exciting news about Trevose Head in Cornwall

View of Trevose from the west

Thanks to gifts left in Wills and generous donations, the National Trust have had an offer accepted to buy the famous stretch of coast, Trevose Head. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to protect and manage this beautiful headland for wildlife to flourish and people to enjoy.

A £250,000 fundraising appeal has been launched to raise money to protect and care for Trevose Head near Padstow in Cornwall. 
The coastline at Trevose is very dramatic and of exceptional beauty. The headland dominates the coastline of North Cornwall and is highly visible from many viewpoints. It is situated close to some of Cornwall’s most popular beaches and resort villages at Padstow, Trevone, Constantine, Harlyn, St Merryn and Porthcothan. It lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and approximately 80 acres is designated as part of the Constantine Bay Site of Special Scientific Interest for its sea cliffs, maritime grassland, maritime heath and wet habitats.
Creating habitats for birds like Corn Bunting
Bird mid-flight at Trevose Head
Creating habitats for birds like Corn Bunting

Thanks to the generosity of people who have left gifts to the National Trust in their Wills, the Trust is able to commit significant funds towards the purchase of Trevose Head. The main contributions are from very generous legacies from Mr & Mrs Harris of Maidenhead, specifically left for any future purchase of Trevose Head and a legacy from Mr Trevor Scholes left specifically for a coastal acquisition. Additional funds have come from numerous gifts in Wills, large and small, left to support our acquisition and care for the Coast as well as some generous donations.

" This is a beautiful place, a true jewel on the North Cornwall coast. We have a great opportunity to ensure this piece of coastline is a fantastic place for both nature and people forever"
- Nick Lawrence, National Trust Director for Cornwall

Tim Ryland of Lodge & Thomas, Agents representing the vendor, said:  ‘The owner of Trevose is delighted the National Trust has agreed to buy Trevose Head. It’s a place that is held dear and wanted to ensure its future was secure, they are confident that the National Trust will continue to care for it as the vendor has done for many years and will enable the local community and visitors alike to continue to enjoy this magnificent landscape.’

It costs the National Trust £3,000 to look after each mile of coast each year. That is a cost of £1million pounds just to manage the existing coastline in the South West and ensure access is maintained.

Public support is vital to protect our changing coastline in the future.  The fundraising appeal launched today will help to ensure that the Trust has sufficient funds to care for Trevose Head in the future and to make sure that it remains as a fantastic site for coastal wildlife and a place for everyone to enjoy.  

Plans for Trevose include extending areas of existing wildlife habitat whilst retaining some arable cultivation, both of which are important in supporting unusual species of plants and animals.  New footpaths will also be created, allowing people into some areas that cannot currently be accessed, so that they can enjoy more of the stunning coastal landscape.

Miles of footpaths to be protected for ever
Lady walking her dog on Trevose Head in Cornwall
Miles of footpaths to be protected for ever
Adopting this approach, will show the Trust’s strong commitment to protecting the coast. Trevose will become part of a network of coastal sites managed for wildlife and for people.  It will be one of Cornwall’s easily accessible and significant sites to see some of its special coastal species from Grey Seals to Peregrines falcons
The sea cliffs are of special interest for the presence of a number of rare and uncommon plants, most notably the Shore Dock and Wild Asparagus. Others include rock sea-lavender, tree mallow and golden samphire. 
The landscape at Trevose holds further potential for the discovery of significant archaeological remains from both the Bronze Age and Iron Age.