£1 million appeal secures future of White Cliffs

A photograph of the cliffs from teh tramway
Published : 28 Sep 2017 Last update : 29 Sep 2017

Dame Vera Lynn has praised our generous supporters after £1 million was raised to secure the future of the White Cliffs of Dover, for the nation, for ever.

Over 17,500 people have made donations to help us secure 700,000 square metres of land immediately behind the clifftop, between the South Foreland lighthouse and Langdon Cliffs. This will enable us to restore internationally important habitats such as chalk grassland, preserve existing historical features, and maintain access routes for visitors.

Thank you to our supporters

Dame Vera, whose 1942 song about the cliffs helped forge her reputation as ‘The Forces’ Sweetheart’, said she was delighted with the public reaction to our appeal.

She said, 'My thanks to everyone who embraced the campaign to protect this national icon. The White Cliffs of Dover are a significant landmark and it is so encouraging to know that they will now be protected for future generations.

Over many years, I have been a supporter of the National Trust and the vital work that they do in preserving our heritage and landscapes – long may this continue.'

Area of historical and natural importance

The stretch of land is crucial for nature and wildlife, with over 40 species of flowers and grasses per square metre. In addition, the site has a number of Second World War features, including several buildings and two large gun emplacements, which deterred invasion, supported D-Day and closed the channel to enemy shipping.

In addition to the public appeal, which included a significant contribution from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we have been able to use legacy donations from our Neptune Fund to help fund the purchase.

View of White Cliffs of Dover

Urgent White Cliffs appeal 

While the appeal to purchase the land has closed, any further donations will help ongoing work to restore and protect the land.