National Trust reaches £1m target to help secure land behind White Cliffs of Dover

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:48 29 September 2017

White Cliffs of Dover

White Cliffs of Dover

Thomas Quack

The Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn had also thrown her weight behind the campaign

A £1m fundraising target set by the National Trust to help secure 700,000 square metres of land immediately behind the White Cliffs of Dover has been reached in just three weeks.

The campaign will enable the restoration of habitat and land conditions, improve public access, and inspire future generations to connect with the heritage and history of the area, the conservation charity said.

It was backed by Dame Vera Lynn, The Forces’ Sweetheart, so christened after her performances of the 1942 classic named after the Kent landmark helped lift the spirits of British servicemen.

Virginia Portman, White Cliffs general manager, said: “We have been absolutely blown away by the public’s response to our appeal.

“Over 17,500 people have made donations in the last few weeks and thanks to their generosity, this wonderful landscape now belongs to the nation, for ever.”

Dame Vera added: “My thanks to everyone who embraced the campaign to protect this national icon.

“The White Cliffs of Dover are a significant landmark and it is so encouraging to know that they will now be protected for future generations.”

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