Pictures By Steven Haywood – Nick Lawrence (National Trust South West Coast Director) & Managing Director of St Austell Brewery James Staughton at The Gribbin, the namesake of the Limited Edition Ale that has been produced to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trust’s Coastline fundraising campaign ‘Neptune’ and St Austell Brewery giving the National Trust the Cornish Headland ‘The Gribbin’
In 1965 the National Trust launched the Neptune Coastline Campaign to protect the coast from the threat of development and look after it for the nation for ever.
That same year, St Austell Brewery chairman Egbert Barnes included a passionate postscript in his annual company statement. It read: ‘May I commend to shareholders’ generosity the National Trust’s Enterprise Neptune to save as much as possible of what is left of the country’s coastline? Nowhere is that more important than it is in Cornwall.’
Following words with actions, in 1966 Mr Barnes and the Brewery helped to buy and give to the Trust a headland called The Gribbin to the west of Fowey Harbour on the edge of St Austell Bay. Mr Barnes was particularly fond of The Gribbin, as it formed the distant view from the Brewery boardroom, and by giving it to the Trust he could secure it for ever from development.