Coastal Conservation Appeal
Time and tide won't wait. Many of our finest buildings have stood for centuries on England's coast. But they are now at risk from erosion - and conserving them is one of the greatest challenges we've ever faced. Your support is urgently needed to help us continue to protect, conserve and carry out critical maintenance at our most vulnerable coastal sites.
The twin towers of Reculver medieval church dominates the skyline of Herne Bay, Kent and is one of the earliest Roman forts built against Saxon raids. However, half of this impressive site has already been lost to erosion and the rest is at risk of the same fate. £35 could help pay for the upgrading and repair of its coastal defences.
Situated on the south-east tip of Piel Island, off Barrow-in- Furness, this 14th century fortress was built to guard against pirates and Scots raiders. After centuries though, the castle’s keep and bastions are now vulnerable to coastal erosion. Just £50 could help pay for repairs to the blockwork sea banks and gabion sea defences.
Built half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland projecting into the Cornish sea, Tintagel Castle is an impressive site with history stretching back centuries and is known for its associations with King Arthur.
Sections of the site are at risk from coastal erosion and parts of the cliff situated in front of Tintagel’s visitor centre have already been lost, affecting the viewing area and coastal path. A donation of £80 could help towards repairing the damage.
Time and tide won't wait
Garrison Walls, Isles of Scilly
The Garrison Walls form one of the most remarkable coastal defence systems in England. But severe erosion, rising sea levels and encroaching tides are putting these impressive walls at risk. £15,000 could help us to install essential sea defences.
Bayard's Cove Fort, Devon
Built at the entrance to Dartmouth harbour, Bayard's Cove Fort was the last line of defence against enemy ships. Your support could help investigate the impact of these rising sea levels on the structure of the buillding.
Hurst Castle, Hampshire
In 2021, critical work to protect Hurst Castle was already underway, but powerful storms caused significant damage and disaster struck. Around 30 metres of the fortress’s East Battery wall crashed into the sea during a storm. £160,000 is urgently needed to strengthen the sea walls and protect the Tudor forticfications from undercutting and collapse.
Your donation will go towards our conservation and maintenance work to urgently protect our heritage.