National Trust in £1m land purchase

National Trust in £1m land purchase

A stretch of coast which is rich in wildlife and archaeology has been bought by the National Trust for more than £1 million as it launches a new vision for looking after the nation's coastlines.

The Trust has acquired land on Great Orme in north Wales, the latest acquisition in a 50-year Neptune Coastline Campaign to protect special seaside areas.

The acquisition includes the 140-acre (56 hectare) Parc Farm, with its views of Anglesey and the Welsh coast, and grazing rights to 720 acres of headland, allowing the Trust to help protect the habitats of unique and rare plants and animals.

Great Orme is also rich in archaeology and has the world's biggest prehistoric mine, dating back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age, while the first-ever book in Wales was printed in one of its caves.

Justin Albert, director for the trust in Wales, said: "The Great Orme is a very special place, loved by the millions of people that visit the classic seaside town of nearby Llandudno every year.

"The coastline encapsulates the beating heart of what the National Trust is about - looking after places of natural beauty rich in wildlife.

"That includes sub-species of silver-studded blue and grayling butterflies and a plant, the wild cotoneaster, which can only be found here."

The National Trust looks after 775 miles of coastline across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and is launching a new vision to protect the rich wildlife, culture and beauty of the coasts, allow greater access and create space for natural changes to occur.

A key part of the vision is to support the creation of new coastal pathways and access all around the beaches, cliffs and seashores of England, Wales and Scotland.

Helen Ghosh, the Trust's director-general, said: "Over 50 years the extraordinary generosity and support of people from across the world has enabled us to buy some of the most beautiful, dramatic and diverse coastline on these islands enabling people to enjoy them and protecting them from development for generations to come.

"This campaign has tapped into that deep sense of connection with, and love of the coast. Without this, our coastline could look very different today.

"Our priorities for the future are to help create opportunities for people to enjoy the coast , protect our wonderful coast heritage and to enrich the wildlife living on our shores.

"We strongly support the plans for a coastal path that allows people to enjoy the whole coastline, walking through a landscape that is rich in wildlife and heritage.

"We'll work with government agencies, partners and landowners to help deliver this vision."

Wales opened its 870-mile coastal footpath three years ago, which the Trust said was proving hugely popular but more work was needed to continue improving the quality of the path in some sections, something it was committed to work with Natural Resources Wales on.

The trust said it supported the Government's pledge to open up thousands of miles of footpaths around the English coasts by 2020.

It is also working with partners in Northern Ireland to find ways of opening up access to the coastline.

The vision for the coast also aims to work with communities to create space for natural processes that shape the coastline and help wildlife to move and flourish.

The trust said it wanted to create a seascape and coastline that was beautiful and would continue to champion marine conservation zones, working closely with other organisations to help create a network of marine protected areas.

It is also championing efforts to record coastline archaeology, support the coastal economy and invest in marine energy.

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National Trust in £1m land purchase

A study by MGM Advantage discovered that Portugal is the 10th most popular dream retirement destination among Brits.

You get the attractions of the sun, a more relaxed way of life, lower living costs and cheaper property. You can also benefit from pension arrangements that mean your pension rises with inflation.

And if you choose to, you can spend your time with the enormous expat population, feeling like you never left.

In the tradition of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, there’s a large number of people keen to move to India, partly in order to enjoy a much higher standard of living than they would be able to afford in the UK.

If course it’s important to consider that your state pension will not rise in line with inflation - so will halve in real terms during your retirement.

This part of Europe offers a great combination of some of the lowest living and housing costs on the continent, along with a more forgiving climate than the UK.

For that reason Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Greece and Turkey are a big draw for retirees.

However, state pension provision varies across the region, so you will need to check whether retiring to these locations will mean your pension continues to rise in line with increases in the UK, or will be frozen when you move overseas.

Italy is a country of contrasts, so anyone planing a retirement there needs to think carefully about whether they want to call a bustling city home, or whether they would be happiest in the mountains or by the sea.

Housing tends to cost less than in the UK, and in some regions it's incredibly cheap. Living costs are also lower than in Britain, and your pension will rise in line with increases in the UK.

Canada is a big draw for British expats of all ages. This spectacular country is known for being welcoming to people from all over the world, and in many cases has no language barrier for Brits. The quality of life is high, and the cost of housing lower than in the UK.

However, you will need to factor in the fact that your UK state pension will be frozen on the day you leave, and you will need some health insurance if you want to replicate the sorts of things that are available for free on the NHS.

As with India, the Far East offers an exciting and dramatic change from life in the UK, with much lower costs, which can buy you a higher standard of living (although bear in mind your state pension will be frozen).

You will need to consider the cultural and practical differences associated with the move, but you will have the opportunity to live in one of the most exciting places in the world.

The weather, lifestyle, space, and lower cost of living means that British expats of all ages are keen to move to Australia.

Property can be a bit of a stumbling block in some areas, as prices have gone up so much. The currency is also strong, which has posed some issues for those who receive their income in pounds, and there’s the fact that the UK state pension will be frozen if you move. However, if you can overcome these things, then a new life in the sun awaits.

The US offers much more affordable housing, and in many respects a lower cost of living than in the UK.

It appeals to those who don’t want to live with a language barrier, but want more space, possibly more sun, and an American Dream of their own.

There are some important things to factor in before you move, such as the additional cost of healthcare, and the exchange rate. However, one bonus is that your state pension will rise at the same rate it does in the UK.

France is close to home, and yet offers cheaper accommodation than the UK, a lower cost of living, and in many regions there’s better weather too.

Your pension will rise at the same rate it would in the UK, and at any time friends and family are just a short boat or plane ride away. It’s no wonder France is the second most popular dream destination for retirees.

It will come as little surprise that Spain tops the list - largely because it’s already the most common overseas retirement destination for Brits.

Millions of us have experienced the delights of the sun, sea, and the lower cost of living while we were on holiday in the country, so it’s hardly a shock that so many want to experience it on a full-time basis in retirement.

Huge falls in the price of property has made this a cheap place to buy, and the fact that your state pension will keep pace with rises in the UK means you’ll be able to maintain your standard of living throughout your retirement.


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