Help pen the National Trust’s ode to Britain’s coast

    Poet Dr John Cooper Clarke has collaborated with the National Trust to pen the start of a new poem highlighting to the nation the powerful emotions our diverse coastline can convey and the care that is needed to protect it

    The National Trust has teamed up with one of Britain’s most celebrated poets, Dr John Cooper Clarke, to pen a poem to celebrate Britain’s beautiful coast and now it is calling for your help.

    Dr Clarke has written the start of a new poem reflecting the nation’s love affair with the coast, ‘Nation’s Ode to the Coast’, to encourage the UK to experience the coast this summer.

    Now the nation is invited to help finish the poem by sharing inspiring memories and their love of the coast using #lovethecoast

    John Cooper Clarke said: “The sea has been a rich source of inspiration to me from year zero. It’s a glimpse of eternity available to every inhabitant, so I’m right behind the National Trust on keeping the coast beautiful.”

    The public’s contribution will help inspire him to create the rest of the verses of the poem, which will be unveiled in autumn. The contributions can take the form of words, pictures, social media posts or even seaside sounds.

    Gwen Potter, wildlife and countryside ranger at the National Trust said: “We are asking the nation to get involved over the summer and share their favourite coastal memories – past, present and future – with us in any form to help us complete the poem and encourage people to reconnect with this majestic landscape.”

    Launched in May 1965, the Neptune Coastline Campaign is one of the longest running environmental campaigns in western Europe and has resulted in the National Trust managing 775 miles of coast in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, equating to more than 10 per cent of the UK’s coastline.

    Gwen continues: “Looking after the British coastline is a big responsibility… Several of our properties are iconic symbols of Great Britain – from the White Cliffs of Dover, to the Gower Peninsular and the Jurassic Coast – that are visited by people from all over the world. We also care for and protect many rare species of plant and animal life, so it is crucial that we continue to care for these important pieces of land.”

    Get tweeting your love of Britain’s coastline and help create the poetic masterpiece.

    Photo credit: Tom Oldham Photography


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