The White Cliffs of Dover, the cliffs forming part of the British coastline on the Strait of Dover, will now be taken care of by the National Trust, the charitable organisation that looks after around 250,000 hectares of countryside, 720 miles of coastline, and numerous historic places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The organisation has announced a £1.2 million fundraising project to protect the future of Dover’s White Cliffs, in Kent, England.
Fiona Reynolds, the director general of the National Trust, said of the conservation efforts, ‘Immortalised in song and literature, the White Cliffs of Dover have become one the great symbols of our nation.
We now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure their future for everyone to enjoy. If we don’t raise the money then the future of the White Cliffs is uncertain and this stretch of coastline might one day be disrupted by inappropriate management or development.’
The funds will be used to conserve the coastal areas, improve the habitat for local wildlife, and offer public access to the White Cliffs for future generations.
Historian and television presenter, Dan Snow, has offered his support for the cause, and said, ‘For me it’s simple. The White Cliffs of Dover are one of the country’s greatest and most iconic landmarks.
When I heard that the National Trust had this opportunity to safeguard this crucial stretch of the Cliffs, I thought great. It’s brilliant that they have a chance to secure this important section of the cliffs, forever, for everyone.’