Writer and author Melissa Harrison explains why Bantham means so much to her and why she is backing the National Trust appeal to raise money to buy Bantham beach and Avon estuary.
Melissa Harrison with her sister and Mum on Bantham beach
“Going to Bantham Beach was one of the things I looked forward to most as a child. Every year, without fail, we would spend at least a day of our Devon holiday there, sometimes more: we would erect our lurid, 70s-style windbreak and establish a territory using sandcastles, inflate the dinghy, demolish our home-made sandwiches and then ritually bury Mum in the sand.
I loved exploring the dunes and swimming in the sea, but best of all I loved rockpooling: it seemed like magic that so many creatures could all live in one beautiful little world, and I’m sure I owe at least part of my adult love of nature to those idyllic days.
The thought that all the fun I had could be lost for future children seems heartbreaking, and I really hope that the National Trust are able to buy Bantham and preserve it for the nation.”
Melissa Harrison is the author of Clay; her new novel, At Hawthorn Time, will be published by Bloomsbury in April 2014