Since the summer of 2016 I have been working alongside the South West Regional National Trust on a collection of limited edition lambswool throws, sales of which will go towards supporting the work of the Trust in protecting one of Cornwall’s most spectacular headlands – Trevose Head close to Padstow in North Cornwall. My ambition is to weave 100 of these beautiful throws, the design of which is inspired by the natural habitat of this very special headland. I will be donating £50 from the proceeds of each sale with the aim of raising £5000 – enough to maintain the entire coast path around the headland for one year with a little to spare for wildlife habitat management.
I have committed to weaving 100 of these beautiful throws, the design of which is rooted in the natural habitat of this very special headland. I will be donating £50 from the proceeds of each sale with the aim of raising £5000 – enough to maintain the entire coast path around the headland for one year.
The idea began last year when I heard that Trevose Head – a breathtakingly rugged and beautiful headland that has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest – had come up for sale and the National Trust had successfully bid to purchase it.
This is a place which holds great importance for me having spent my summers there as a child and I have watched it deteriorate over the last 20 years, through coastal erosion and the heavy use of footpaths, so I was really pleased to hear of their plans to preserve and maintain the habitat for the future.
The Trust had set up a campaign to raise £250,000 to support the conservation work, so I contacted the South West Region of the Trust and talked to them about my idea. One year on I am launching this exclusive Trevose Head Collection of handwoven lambswool throws – inspired by my childhood memories of staying at Trevose Head.
Each person who buys a throw will have personally helped to conserve and maintain 25 metres of this unique and precious coastline for one year!
There are four throws to choose from, each representing one of four elements: the wild headland itself, the surrounding sandy beaches, the tempestuous blue sea, and the underlying rocks and archaeology hidden just below the surface of Trevose Head.
It currently costs the National Trust £3,000 to look after each mile of coast for a year, and there are 2.3 miles of coastline and 1.6 miles of coast path to maintain on the headland. See: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/trevose.
For the maths lovers… the cost of protecting 1.6 miles of footpath is around £4,800, so if I meet my target of weaving and selling 100 throws then my donation of £50 per throw will be enough to look after the entire coastal path around Trevose Head for a year, with a little to spare for wildlife and habitat management.
With 2816 yards in 1.6 miles, the donation from just one throw will provide for the upkeep of 28 yards, or 25 metres, of footpath… so everyone who buys a throw will have personally helped conserve and maintain 25 metres of this unique and precious coastline.
I have arranged with the South West Regional National Trust to pay my donations directly to them on a periodic basis. You can see how my campaign is going by visiting my Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/madeleine-jude.
And you can stay up to date with my campaign news here on my website.