Trevose Head acquired by the National Trust along with a very personal story

Environmentalists and conservationists haven’t had much to be pleased about in the last few weeks but at last some really good news has been announced. The National Trust has managed to acquire 220 acres of Trevose Head on the north Cornwall coast near to Padstow.

Trevose Head
By Franzfoto [GFDL (  via Wikimedia Commons

Trevose Head Lighthouse
By Herry Lawford f[CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

The National Trust has acquired the site for over £3m and are now aiming to raise £250,000 as an endowment to ensure its future management. The story featured in the Guardian this morning – see here.

This is an area of Cornwall I know very well, for around a decade my family used to holiday in the area, camping at Treyarnon and Harlyn. We used to walk Trevose Head where I used to see Corn Buntings on the farmland and dolphins and seals around the coast.

Six years ago my wife Francesca Smart died suddenly and tragically of a brain haemorrhage. She was head of the Sixth Form at the Maynard School and was a very popular person. Over 750 people attended her funeral which was held in Exeter Cathedral. After her death we set up a little Trust Fund to raise money to support environmental and education projects in the south west.

Many of her friends and mine did sponsored events to raise money. I remember well some of the teachers at the Maynard School did a mini 10 Tors event (Cesca helped the Maynard girls train for 10 Tors), Exeter Triathlon Club raised funds at their Exe Valley Triathlon and some of us ran the Great West Run and the Plymouth Half Marathon. We raised a little over £8000. This money has been split three ways

  • A third to the Maynard to support conservation / environmental projects at the School
  • A third to the Devon Wildlife Trust to support wildlife awareness projects in Exeter
  • A third to the National Trust for wildlife conservation projects in North Cornwall

I am delighted to be about to say that the National Trust money has been allocated to the Trevose Head Appeal

Cesca and I on the Lizard Peninsula in 2007

I am as certain as I can be that she would entirely approve of this.

You can support the appeal by clicking here.



4 thoughts on “Trevose Head acquired by the National Trust along with a very personal story

  1. Wonderful news of the Trust’s acquisition in North Cornwall. Ten years ago this very day 19th July, at the end of a Trust Meeting in Sherborne with Andy Mayled, I received the devastating news that my little brother, aged 47 had been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour – in a moment your life changes and I always try more than ever now to ‘grab the moment’ . Peter adored Cornwall and visited many times as I do. I will donate to the Trevose Head Appeal in his memory. Thank you Adrian for the daily blogs you write which I enjoy immensely.

  2. Every day your lovely blog pops into my inbox and I learn so much from your insights to life in and around Dartmoor. Todays blog was a truly moving testament to your lovely wife. I knew of her (Ten Tors, friend’s children at the Maynard) but never met her. However, I also never realised the connection with yourself. I am so sorry to hear of the pain and grief you must have experienced. I think I first met you shortly afterwards as a volunteer at Lydford Gorge, but I had no idea of the pain you were experiencing. I am so glad you were able to help the National Trust purchase the land at Trevose Head. Next time I walk there, I will recall your poignant story.

    Thank you for your inspiring writings and photos which have become a daily part of my life.

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