Many of you will have been following the fundraising campaign that was set up to help purchase Trevose Head, a very prominent coastal headland in north Cornwall. The purchase is now complete and in the late summer Trevose officially passed into our ownership and will now be protected for ever.
The next steps for us is to focus on creating habitats for nature that are bigger, better and more joined up, and Trevose Head sits in an ideal position to fulfil this potential. We are also removing the multitude of signs that warn of car parking restrictions now that National Trust members have free parking which is included in the membership price, as well as the signs that warn you not to cross any fields! As these go we’ll be busily planning new signs giving information about the area. There are old farm buildings to consider, repair of existing paths, planning improved access and creating a warm welcome. We also need to think about how we will manage car parking, and also consider how we manage the ragwort! We are going to have a busy time ahead!
The impact of our fundraising and publicity has been amazing, helped along by fantastic media coverage in local and national press. The Trevose page on the National Trust website has had 10,000 views to date and our Crowdfunder video had a total of 24,000 views with 3178 people that looked at the Crowdfunder page. From the foundation of two substantial legacies from Mr Scholes and Mr and Mrs Harris, who left money in their wills, since July we have raised a staggering £265,000 including gift aid, exceeding our target of £250,000. Donations are still coming in, including a gift from local celebrity Rick Stein who has a strong personal connection to Trevose. We also had some awesome support from West Dorset Ranger, Rowan Thompson who made a sterling effort to swim around Brownsea Island raising £500 towards the campaign. Well done and thank you Rowan!
A big thank you to everyone that has got behind and supported the campaign so far and if you haven’t visited Trevose already you’re welcome to do so. You can then see first-hand how Trevose will get even better over time.