Innovative project to protect and
enhance one of Cornwall's most famous and beautiful coves
On Friday 10 September the National Trust will be celebrating
the completion of a two-year project to protect and enhance
the landscape and improve visitor facilities at Kynance, one
of Cornwall's most famous coves.
Since starting in October 2002, historic buildings in the
cove have been sensitively restored and renovated, in keeping
with the National Trust's commitment to conservation and sustainable
tourism, including the installation of solar tiles to generate
renewable energy and natural wool insulation. The project
has also improved visitor facilities in the cove, providing
purpose built lavatories for the 150,000 visitors that come
to Kynance every year.
Sympathetically designed to blend into the natural landscape,
with a living turf roof and surrounded by Cornish hedges,
the new toilets have their own 'biobubble', a self-contained
fully biological and ultraviolet treatment system for treating
sewage and café waste, to ensure high quality water
standards for beach users. In the past visitors would walk
for fifteen minutes and climb over 200 ft to reach the nearest
public toilets in the car park.
The National Trust acquired the café complex at Kynance
Cove in 1999 to protect the beauty and historical importance
of the buildings and coastline from potential unsympathetic
development and over commercialisation.
The project has received partnership investment from the Objective
One Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly through
the European Regional Development Fund, the South West of
Engoand Regional Development Agency and Cornwall County Council.
Further funds were received from the Lizard Lighthouse Appeal
and through legacies from Mrs C M Lyon, Mr W Proctor and Mrs
Mike Hardy, Project Manager for the National Trust said:
"Kynance Cove is a well-known and well-loved Cornish
beach. Thanks to the support of our funding partners we have
worked to ensure the protection of this historically important
and environmentally sensitive site, whilst also improving
the visitor facilities. We hope this project will help demonstrate
that sensitively designed facilities not only protect the
natural environment, but make a significant contribution to
supporting the local economy and providing local people and
visitors alike with an enjoyable day out.
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership
said: "The project at Kynance is an excellent example
of how we can invest in and therefore drive the local tourism
industry, without compromising the distinctiveness that makes
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly so unique. The new developments
completely sustain and reinforce the unimpeachable environmental
quality of the Lizard."
Helen Richards, County Council Executive Member for Environment
and Heritage, said: "This project embodies all the issues
of conservation and environmental management in Cornwall -
the need to find sustainable solutions to protecting our natural
assets, whilst making sure those who wish to enjoy them find
appropriate facilities which have been sympathetically designed.
I think the solutions in this case are admirable, and the
County Council is very pleased to be supporting such a worthwhile
Sue Wearing, Community facilitator for the South West Regional
Development Agency said: "The South West RDA is delighted
to have been able to support this project. It is good to see
that facilities at Kynance Cove are now of the highest order
for the thousands of visitors to the area."
Kynance Cove is one of Cornwall's earliest and most famous
visitor attractions. There has been a settlement in the cove
since at least the eighteenth century, with a café
recorded since early Victorian times. Prince Albert brought
his children to the cove in 1846 and one of the surrounding
rocks was named 'Albert Rock' in memory of the royal visit.
The poet laureate Alfred Tennyson visited Kynance in 1848
and 1860 and was impressed by the 'glorious grass green
monsters of waves' and remarked that he '... could have stayed
there all day.'
The project has included installing water and electric services
to the cove all located underground in over 2km of
trenching to protect the natural landscape. Existing BT poles
and cables have also been relocated underground.
Kynance lies in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty (AONB) and a Heritage Coast.
Solar roof tiles installed on the café buildings are
generating enough electricity to offset the energy demands
of the new toilets, whilst solar panels contribute to hot
water requirements. Natural wool insulation has been used
in the restoration of the buildings and the toilets use low
flush cisterns and a natural spring supply to support water
Members of the media wishing to attend the event should meet
in the National Trust car park at Kynance Cove at 11am. The
structure of the event is as follows:
||members of the media are invited on a guided
||official opening of the new toilet facilities,
speeches and lunch provided by the café (locally sourced
||opportunity for guests to look around
||guests make their way home
The solar tiles have produced over 5000Kwh of electricity
in the past 12 months enough to light a 3 bedroom house
for eight years.
The café is open for business, providing a service
for visitors from Easter end October.
The National Trust's work contributes much needed income
to local economies across the country and has increasingly
demonstrated the important link between a high quality environment
and the economic sustainability of communities. Our Valuing
our Environment studies found that 40% of the jobs created
through tourism rely directly on a high quality environment.
4 out of 5 of the properties opened by the Trust run at a
loss every year, so the charity supports this commitment to
public access through membership subscriptions, gifts and
donations and other fund-raising activities. The National
Trust has more than 11 million visitors a year to its pay-for-entry
properties and a further 50 million a year visit its open-air
With over 3.3 million members, the National Trust is the
second largest membership organisation in Britain.
The Trust opens around 300 houses and gardens to the public
every year, and a further 330 built sites ranging from a Roman
goldmine to a Chartists' cottage. More than 600,000 school
visits are paid annually to Trust sites, making the charity
the largest education provider in the country.
With 249,000 hectares of land the charity is the largest
non-governmental landowner in the UK.
For further press information and photographs please contact:
National Trust Project Manager
Tel: 01326 290865 / 07968 177775
National Trust Communications Officer
Tel: 01208 265225
Objective One Communications
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01579 370991
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