The National Trust is the largest coastal landowner in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, protecting more than 700 miles of coastline. In the South West this includes stretches of iconic coastline including much of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in Dorset and East Devon, and most of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Wildlife havens such as Lundy and Brownsea Islands, nature reserves like the one at Purbeck and many more coastal sites are enjoyed by millions of visitors each year.
he National Trust has more than 100 years of experience in managing the coastline and believes in working with natural processes. We take a long-term view and adopt flexible solutions to each particular location.
The impact of climate change on our coastline will be significant, through sea-level rise, coastal flooding and erosion. Understanding what is at risk buys us time to consult with and prepare those around us for change and make informed decisions. None of us can work in isolation – local communities and partners are critical to the planning process, as all decisions have impacts beyond our boundaries. We must act now and work together to respond to this challenge.
Our involvement in the LiCCo project is just one way the National Trust is working with local people to share experience and knowledge in order to reach solutions that reflect issues faced by coastal communities.