Imagine urban sprawl to industrial wasteland on the beloved south Devon coast. Perhaps developments would now consume the remote Cornish coast? Might coal still blacken the breathtaking north-west Cornwall coast?
Five coastal and Neptune facts:
1. Neptune is fifty years old
The public have donated tens of millions of pounds to Neptune. All this money goes towards protecting and caring for the coast – keeping it accessible to the public. The most recent Neptune acquisition is a one-mile stretch of the White Cliffs of Dover. We can only continue this work from your generous donations
2. 1 in every 3 miles is owned by the National Trust in the South West
Plus, 10% of the coastline in the UK (or 742 miles) is in safe hands and a free national park by the sea. Discover the land purchased for everyone and looked after forever here >> ntlandmap.org.uk
3. Wembury saved from an uncertain future
In 2005 tens of thousands of people, with the National Trust, helped to raise three times the money needed to buy the land from the Ministry of Defence. Until then, access had been restricted.
When Wembury Point
and Great Mewstone island came up for sale it was in real danger of development out of nearby Plymouth.
Ten years on, Wembury is a wildlife haven and special place to visit. Many rare plants and animals thrive here – from cirl bunting and Dartford warblers to the extremely rare Plymouth pear.