Our fragile coast around Godrevy

(Click on image above to watch our short film). The busy National Trust coastal car park at Godrevy in Cornwall is under threat from coastal erosion. According to recent surveys this erosion might make it unsafe for use within five years. We'd like to hear your views and thoughts on this challenge for the future.

Godrevy is one of our busiest coastal car parks with over 250,000 cars logged each year. The sheer number of cars coming to Godrevy presents us with great challenges in terms of managing the fragile coastal grassland and archaeological remains, which are easily damaged.

 

Coastal erosion

We now face an additional threat that may jeopardise our ability to provide parking for large numbers of visitors in the future. Access to the main parking area is under threat from coastal erosion which is undermining the single access road to Godrevy headland. Our latest geological surveys estimate that the road may become unsafe within a relatively short timespan - perhaps just five years or so.

If you have any memories to share about Godrevy, or ideas about how we can manage its future please get in touch with us.

Photographic evidence

The photos above and below show a process of constant change at Godrevy brought about by changes in farming and increasing numbers of visitors and cars over the past 50 years. What will images taken five years from now look like?

Erosion on the car park steps at Godrevy
Erosion on the car park steps at Godrevy
Erosion on the footpath at Godrevy
Erosion on the footpath at Godrevy
Godrevy in Cornwall at risk of coastal erosion
Godrevy in Cornwall at risk of coastal erosion
Low scale car parking in the 1950s-1960s worked alongside cattle grazing at Godrevy
View from Godrevy Farm, black and white photo

Let us know your thoughts and ideas for how we can work with nature around Godrevy.godrevy@nationaltrust.org.uk