Wood you believe it! Formby’s National Trust site turns 50


RANGERS, roamers and others came together last week to celebrate the National Trust turning fifty years old in Formby!

As part of the celebrations, a number of local residents, trust members and even dogs joined in a special birthday celebration at Victoria Road before the cutting of a uniquely designed woodland-themed cake – all to mark fifty years of the National Trust running and maintaining the pine woods in Formby.

Formby baker Lisa Lill, who runs Cake Amour in the village, was asked to create a specially designed cake for the occasion, which featured a host of local creatures and critters made entirely from icing.

The conservation charity has cared for 210 hectares of this special stretch of coast since April 12, 1967, when it was safeguarded through the Neptune Fund, set up specifically to purchase and protect coast around the UK.

The stretch of coast at Formby is an area of great importance for its mobile sand dunes – some of the best in the entire UK – and the wildlife that lives here, including rare Natterjack Toads, sand lizards and red squirrels in the pine woods. It is also much loved by locals and visitors with its stunning views that stretch out towards Wales, the Irish Sea and the Lake District.

Volunteers and staff marked the occasion by blowing out the candles on the cake.

Justin Matthews, Ranger for the National Trust at Formby, commented: “50 years is a fantastic achievement and we are so proud to reach this milestone.

“We couldn’t do it without our dedicated staff and volunteers and the support of our local community who work so hard to help care for the coast, managing it and maintaining it for generations to come.

“We’re looking forward to the next 50 years and hope that everyone will join in the celebrations by coming along to one of our events happening throughout the year or just taking time out to enjoy this special place.”

2017 is particularly significant because it marks Sefton Council’s Year of the Coast. It was  also recently announced that the Trust is in conversations with the Council about the possibility of caring for an additional 204 hectares of land, currently managed by Sefton.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We know how important the coast is and reaching 50 years in Formby is a significant milestone for the National Trust.

“With 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast and the positive discussions taking place between National Trust and Sefton Council over the potential transfer of land in Formby, there is so much to celebrate.