Did you know that 31% of people’s happiest childhood memory is by the sea? (And more facts)

Most people, especially if you live in the South West, feel that the coast is important to them and quality of life. But did you know that the figure is as high as 63%? Would you be surprised if you found out that in the South West 300 miles of the coastline is owned and cared for by the National Trust? Nationwide that figure rises to 775 miles of protected coastline.

Find those and other facts about the South West coast in the this infographic.

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My Coast 2015 – Karen Barnard

Karen after a day volunteering with the National Trust Rangers installing some new footpath steps at Lundy Bay.

Karen after a day volunteering with the National Trust Rangers installing some new footpath steps at Lundy Bay.

As part of our Coastal Festival year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Neptune Campaign, we’ve asked volunteers, staff and partners to share with us why the coast is so important to them. Here’s the first one from a Karen Barnard, one of our coastal volunteers who found the pull of the coast so strong she up sticks and moved her family here.

“The North Cornwall Coast has had a pull on me since I was a child and we came down here on holiday. Strangely, I don’t recall a particular stretch: it was always just the image in my mind of the craggy cliffs and the roar of the sea. It was such a strong pull that at 34 years old I moved down here on my own with two small sons and have built a very happy life here.

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A journey around 300 miles of the South West Coast

Take a moment and enjoy a journey around the 300 miles of coastline cared for by the National Trust here in the South West.  The video is part of a year-long Coastal Festival of fundraising events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Neptune Coastline campaign, set up in 1965 to protect the coast from the threat of development and look after it for ever for the nation.

Throughout the year coastal events will be taking place at National Trust places across the South West.  From a series of mass Beach Cleans taking place this week to a Big Beach Picnic on the 4th July.

More details on the Coastal Festival here.

 

Simply called The South West Coast presented by the National Trust, the six-minute film takes the viewer on a breathtaking visual sightseeing tour of many of the region’s most dramatic sections of littoral, while a number of passionate rangers and ecologists give voice to why they love the Westcountry shore so much.

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Glendurgan magnolias in top form 25 years after great storm

John Lanyon (Garden Manager) & Charles Fox ( Whose family gave Glendurgan to the National Trust in 1962 reflecting on the magnolia flowers this year.  Since the Great Storm 25 years ago that wiped out over 70 trees in a matter of hours, the Magnolias have flourished and due to losing the surrounding trees, and are set to put on a magnificient display this year

John Lanyon (Garden Manager) & Charles Fox ( Whose family gave Glendurgan to the National Trust in 1962) reflecting on the magnolia flowers this year. Since the Great Storm 25 years ago that wiped out over 70 trees in a matter of hours, the Magnolias have flourished and due to losing the surrounding trees, and are set to put on a magnificient display this year

The gardeners at the National Trust’s Glendurgan near Falmouth have been reflecting on how the 25-acre valley garden has changed since the great storm of 1990. On January 25 that year seventy trees blew over in a matter of hours. Far from being a disaster, the events of that day proved transformational for the garden. Having suddenly lost many of their surrounding woodland companions, the tree-sized flowering magnolias have turned the extra light, moisture and nutrients into eye-catching flowering each March.

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It’s your coast – help us care for it

National Trust volunteers and staff cleaning Bossington Beach, on the Holnicote Estate, Exmoor National Park, Somerset.

National Trust volunteers and staff cleaning Bossington Beach, on the Holnicote Estate, Exmoor National Park, Somerset.

As part of the 2015 South West Coastal Festival which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Neptune Coastline Campaign, the National Trust is asking for volunteers to dress down, get dirty and help clean 17 beaches across the South West for the Big Beach Clean week 15th March – 22nd March.

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Book that helped Henry VIII annul his marriage is discovered

Paul Holden, House and Collections Manager at Lanhydrock with the book, -¬Steven Haywood National Trust

A book that helped King Henry VIII to build his case against the Pope, and annul his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, has been discovered at the National Trust’s Lanhydrock in Cornwall.

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Weeding to the extreme – keeping the castle walls tidy

Gardeners abseiling St Michael's Mount in Cornwall

Gardeners abseiling St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall

Having a head for heights is a pre-requisite for the four strong team of gardeners at St Michaels Mount, located just off the south Cornwall coast.

As part of the work to conserve the 12th Century castle, the granite stone walls need weeding three times each year to ensure the walls are constantly kept clear.

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Cotehele reveals its 60ft garland.

Pictures By Steven Haywood - Cotehele Christmas Garland 2014 -Head Gardener Dave Bouch & Senior Gardener Aimee Kingdom

Pictures By Steven Haywood – Cotehele Christmas Garland 2014 -Head Gardener Dave Bouch & Senior Gardener Aimee Kingdom

The final few flowers out of a total of 36,160 are just being added to Cotehele’s 60ft garland before its open to the public this Saturday (22nd November).

Staff, volunteers and members of the public at Cotehele, near Saltash, in Cornwall have spent two weeks adding the flowers which are grown and dried at the property, one by one to create the longest Christmas garland at any Trust property in the country.

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Stunning display of flowers drying for the Christmas garland.

Aimee Kingdom & Sophie Littleton with the 30,000 drying flowers at Cotehele

Aimee Kingdom & Sophie Littleton with the 30,000 drying flowers at Cotehele

The gardening team at Cotehele have again had a successful year growing and drying flowers for their annual Christmas garland.

‘We were so lucky with the warm and sunny summer, ‘says Dave Bouch, Cotehele’s Head Gardener, ‘and we’ve really benefitted from it. This year we’ve grown and picked about 32,000 flowers and the drying has been really reliable. It will be satisfying this winter to look up at the colourful garland and reflect what the summer was like.’

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