The thing about fractals

The perpetually unanswerable question ‘How long is a piece of string?’ now has some serious competition in the shape of ‘How many miles of coast does the National Trust look after?’ In 2004, this seemed a straightforward question with a straightforward answer – 709 miles. However, a recent calculation has disputed this figure and attests…

Managed retreat at Birling Gap

Perched on the cliff above the beach at Birling Gap, the all-in-one National Trust café, shop and information point welcomes an estimated 350,000 visitors a year. Whatever the weather, you can recline in the sun lounge, enjoying views towards Beachy Head in the east and the iconic Seven Sisters in the west. But the cliffs…

What the coast means to me: Morwenna

A few weeks ago, Coast and Marine Advisor Phil Dyke told us how his love of the coast impacts on his work. But it’s not just our Coast and Marine Advisor who loves the coast. It is also a special place for Morwenna Slade, who is working on the National Trust’s Fit for the Future campaign. Howard Bristol, our Neptune Coastline intern, asked her…

Coastal reflections with Patrick Barkham

Pen in hand and notebook at the ready: when author and journalist Patrick Barkham visited Dover and South Foreland Lighthouse a few weeks ago, it was not just to make the most of the stunning weather. Patrick, who is writing a book celebrating the National Trust’s Neptune Coastline Campaign and coastal work, was there to…

Sun, Sea, and Saltrock

 This summer, the National Trust has linked up with the surf-wear brand Saltrock to bring out the Neptune range – a stylish selection of t-shirts and hoodies for anyone old enough to handle a surfboard. A percentage of every item sold goes to support the National Trust’s Neptune Coastline Campaign, helping us to protect the…

Walking the chalk: the White Cliffs of Dover

Whether you’re sailing across the channel from Calais or standing on the chalky grassland above the bustling port of Dover, the sight of the White Cliffs is sure to provoke strong emotions. They have acted as an age-old geological frontier between the British Isles and the continental mainland, and for many people they are an…