The Jurassic Coast Trust is the independent charity responsible for managing the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The Trust was founded in 2003, following the designation of the Jurassic Coast as a World Heritage Site in 2001. In 2017, the Trust took on the responsibility of managing the World Heritage Site from the local authorities in Dorset and Devon.
We work to protect and conserve the Jurassic Coast’s World Heritage Site status and to engage with and inspire the local communities that live and thrive within it. Read more about What We Do.
To achieve our Vision and Mission, we work towards four Aims, as outlined below.
See What We Do for more detailed information on our current areas of priority.
To Protect the Jurassic Coast and its setting
We do this by understanding and contesting threats to the ongoing natural erosion that occurs along the coastline, and to developments that might have a negative impact on the way the Site is experienced.
We also work with fossil collectors, research organisations and museums to enable more of the unique and spectacular fossils from the World Heritage Site to be conserved, researched and ultimately put on display.
To Engage with people and organisations
We do this in Dorset, East Devon and elsewhere to improve people and organisations’ experience of this incredible World Heritage Site.
Drawing on how the Jurassic Coast is, or might be important to them, we then act to improve their experience so that it makes a meaningful difference to their lives.
To Deepen our understanding of, and people’s connections with, the Jurassic Coast
The astonishing Earth Heritage of the Jurassic Coast gives us thousands of stories tell us about the planet, the natural processes that change it and the evolution of species over more than a third of the time of which life has been on Earth.
As custodians of the Outstanding Universal Value of the Site, our job is to demonstrate its relevance and significance, and that of World Heritage status, and facilitate further understanding and knowledge.
To Sustain the organisation financially and demonstrate exemplary governance
We do this through effective and transparent governance and financial management.
Successful fundraising – through our Members, Business Partners and other forms of Support – enables us to grow financially, allowing us to undertake our mission.
Good governance of both the Trust and the World Heritage Site ensures the implementation of the Site’s Partnership Plan into the future.
How We’re Funded
The Jurassic Coast Trust receives some grant funding from Dorset and Devon County Councils, Natural England and the Environment Agency.
The remainder of our financial support is generated from charitable giving, including from our Business Partners and Members, and from the sale of our publications and other merchandise. The Trust also receives grant funding for particular programmes of work.
The Jurassic Coast Trust’s registered charity number is 1101134. Read about What We Do for information on our current projects; for more information on our finances and governance, please see our Annual Reports.
How you can help – Support Us, Get Involved & Stay in Touch
To support us in looking after the Jurassic Coast, you can:
- Become a Member
- Join us as a Business Partner
- Get involved through our Volunteer Network, or volunteer with us as a Jurassic Coast Ambassador
- Purchase one of our books or other products, or book on to one of our events, through our online shop
You can also see our current Job Vacancies.
Trustees and Patrons
The Jurassic Coast Trust is run by a Board of Trustees.
We are all passionate about the Jurassic Coast and give our time voluntarily to oversee the running of our charity, to shape its direction, keep it on track and to work with our colleagues and partners towards our shared ambitions.
Read more about our Board of Trustees.