Save Bantham Beach Campaign Gathers Momentum

by on Wednesday 25th June, 2014   3290 Visits   Comments

A rarely seen perspective of this beautiful estuary by local photographer Alex Williams, one of the pioneers of European surf photography. © 2014 Alex Williams

The National Trust’s campaign appealing for £2.6 million to help buy and protect Bantham beach and the surrounding Avon valley is gaining momentum.

“If the Trust are fortunate enough to take on Bantham then the land would be classified as inalienable which means it cannot be sold, developed or mortgaged and would be held in trust for the nation forever. This is a guarantee for protection for the site and the best way to ensure the area is kept unspoilt and accessible by the public for future generations.” Says Richard Snow, the National Trust’s Countryside Manager South Devon.

Think of it as preserving what you currently see in aspic. In the unlikely event of the trust ever dissolving this indelible protection would remain indefinitely. The trust has committed £4.6 million from its Neptune campaign to protect coastal areas, but needs to raise the remaining £2.6 million from the public.

Project Updates

– The Twitter hashtags are: #Hope4Bantham and LoveBantham.

– Richard Snow from the National Trust alongside a group of locals will be swimming from Averton Gifford to Bantham on Saturday June 28 at 8:30am. Head along and give them a shout of support, the swim will take approximately 3 hours. Donate here.

– James Rossiter is raising funds by attempting a 4 mile swim from Hope Cove to Bantham across Bigbury Bay, around the Bank Holiday of August 25. You can donate here.

– Local artist, Anna Duckworth, is painting amazing pictures from the images on magicseaweed.com and selling them for £150. Check it here.

– A few high profile backers including, Richard Branson and daughter Holly, who are regular users of this beautiful and unique corner of South Devon. In addition to local MP Sarah Woolaston.

Please post below if we have missed anything.

There are four easy ways for members of the public to support this appeal:

1. Donate online at nationaltrust.org.uk/lovebantham
2. Call 0344 800 1895 to pledge your support
3. Send a text message to support the appeal – please text BANT14 followed by the
amount you’d like to give to 70070 (So to give £5, it’s BANT14 £5)
4. Donation cheques, made payable to ‘National Trust’, with ‘Bantham appeal’ written
on the back of the cheque, can be posted to: National Trust, Supporter Services
Centre, National Trust, PO Box 574, Rotherham S63 3FH

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