The challenge we face…
With its dramatic coastline, rich marine environment, distinctive vernacular architecture, and hedge lined country lanes, Jersey retains a strong sense of place, identity and above all beauty. However, its rural character, ecology, and built heritage remains threatened, possibly more than at any other time. This is due to unsuitable development, creeping urbanisation, unsustainable farming practices and short term economic policies. As a result, wildlife is in serious decline, the health of our environment is at risk, and tranquillity is becoming increasingly elusive.
The Trust seeks to champion and protect the distinctive qualities of Jersey so that it remains at the very heart of Island life. We will do this through vigilance, sustainable management and by promoting and increasing awareness of the value of our countryside and historic environment to our economy.
Meeting the challenge and realising our vision…
- Safeguarding our dramatic coastal landscape by permanently protecting an additional 1,000 vergées of unspoilt coastline by 2036, either through acquisition or protective agreements.
- Ensuring our landholdings are in good health and rich in wildlife by understanding and identifying ecological significance, managing in accordance with best practice and actively addressing public access and interpretation.
- Offering events and educational activities which inspire, engage, and ensure our sites are accessible and relevant to all sectors of the community.
- Ensuring our historic buildings are in a good state of repair by reducing our maintenance backlog and employing skilled local craftsmen to undertake the refurbishment works.
- Investing capital in our built estate to generate additional income to ensure we are economically sustainable in the long term.