Stories of caring for the South West coast

Our supporters and volunteers play a vital part in caring for the South West coast. Here are some examples of the work that's been done to protect, restore and maintain the coast.

A view from the beach towards the Wembury Marine Centre

Improving Wembury Beach access

What if you couldn’t access the coast or see the sea? Feeling the stillness or power of the ocean, watching seabirds soar, enjoying a picnic on a sandy beach, or being perched on a coastal clifftop gazing out across the water to distant horizons? The National Trust is now working to improve access for buggy and wheelchair users.

The storms battering the dunes

Storm damage at South Milton Sands 

The damage done to South Milton sands in the winter of 2013/14 was significant. Read about what we and our supporters did to make this place safe for everyone to enjoy again.

Family volunteers on a beach clean at Formby

Keeping the coast beautiful 

National Trust staff and volunteers pick up a lot of litter from beaches, keeping them both beautiful and healthy.

Looking across the water to Froward Point

Protecting Froward Point and its gun battery 

In 1982 the National Trust acquired Froward Point in South Devon. The site included land for the South West Coast Path and a Second World War gun battery built in 1942.

A Chough feeding near Lizard Point

Protecting the chough and wildflowers by the coast 

The return of the chough to the Cornish coastline showed that we're managing to restore the habitat in this area, but there's more work still to be done.