The Trident Challenge

We’re celebrating the success of our Coastline Campaign – but the fundraising is still going on – and we’re looking for volunteers to walk sections of the coast carrying ‘Neptune’s Trident’ along with you.

Volunteer George Smith carves ‘Neptune’s Trident’ for the Coastline Campaign ©National Trust/Lowri Roberts

Volunteer George Smith carves ‘Neptune’s Trident’ for the Coastline Campaign
©National Trust/Lowri Roberts

George Smith (pictured), a volunteer who works at Glan Faenol, near Bangor, has created ‘Neptune’s Trident’. “I’ve used locally-sourced timber from the woodland along the shores of the Menai Strait to carve the three-pronged trident,” he says. “I love working with natural materials and like a bit of a challenge. Sculpting such a unique relay baton will be my way of contributing to such a great cause”.

Over the course of 2015, the aim is for the trident to be passed along the entire Welsh coast that takes in 157 miles of land we care for. Richard Neale, who’s managing the Welsh Coast Project, is urging more people like George to do something special to celebrate our coastline in 2015.

“We are asking people to help us raise funds to enable us to create over 10km of new coastal paths in Wales in 2015.  These will connect the popular Welsh Coast Path with some of the finest wildlife sites that we look after and will include five new wildlife-watching hides and four new self-guided trails.”

If you’re up for the challenge please get in touch with Coast Project Officer Lowri Roberts (on lowri.roberts@nationaltrust.org.uk) before 31 January, noting how far you’d like to walk and which section you’d like to undertake.

Welsh Coast 2015

With the fiftieth anniversary of the Neptune Coastline Campaign in mind, we are making 2015 the year of the Welsh coast with events and new projects to demonstrate our care for some of the most beautiful coastline in the world.

Flying a kite in Rhossili Bay, Gower, Swansea, Wales. ©National Trust Images/John Millar

Flying a kite in Rhosili Bay, Gower, Swansea, Wales.
©National Trust Images/John Millar

Along with a special booklet, the Trust in Wales is planning a stunning new video presentation of the coastline from the air, which will be available online. We’ve been working with Keep Wales Tidy to further develop the Welsh Coast app and there will be events at coastal sites around the country.

The Trust in Wales looks after 157 miles of the coastline you love, which is an amazing achievement only possible through on-going public donations – that’s an average of two miles of coast a year saved since the campaign began in 1965. Thank you for your support, without which we could not protect special places for everyone, forever.