Over 17,500 people have made donations to help us secure 700,000 square metres of land immediately behind the clifftop, between the South Foreland lighthouse and Langdon Cliffs. This will enable us to restore internationally important habitats such as chalk grassland, preserve existing historical features, and maintain access routes for visitors.
Dame Vera, whose 1942 song about the cliffs helped forge her reputation as ‘The Forces’ Sweetheart’, said she was delighted with the public reaction to our appeal.
She said, 'My thanks to everyone who embraced the campaign to protect this national icon. The White Cliffs of Dover are a significant landmark and it is so encouraging to know that they will now be protected for future generations.
Over many years, I have been a supporter of the National Trust and the vital work that they do in preserving our heritage and landscapes – long may this continue.'
The stretch of land is crucial for nature and wildlife, with over 40 species of flowers and grasses per square metre. In addition, the site has a number of Second World War features, including several buildings and two large gun emplacements, which deterred invasion, supported D-Day and closed the channel to enemy shipping.
In addition to the public appeal, which included a significant contribution from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we have been able to use legacy donations from our Neptune Fund to help fund the purchase.
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