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.

With just 9 members of Staff supported by a Board of Trustees, 60 active volunteers and Ambassadors and 250 Members, we are a small charity with a big responsibility.

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.

Our Vision is that everyone loves, understands and values the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

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East Cliff near West Bay, Dorset. © Steve Belasco -

Our Mission is to enable everyone to have the best possible experience of the Jurassic Coast, whether they want to learn, enjoy, work or study.

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Chesil Beach near Burton Bradstock, Dorset. © Steve Belasco -

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.

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The Jurassic Coast Trust's 2019-20 Annual Review.

How you can help – Support Us, Get Involved & Stay in Touch

To support us in looking after the Jurassic Coast, you can:

To stay in touch with us and hear our news, sign up to our mailing list using the form at the bottom of this page, or follow the Jurassic Coast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can also see our current Job Vacancies.

Time to Inspire
Time to Inspire, the magazine for Jurassic Coast Trust Members and Business Partners.

Jurassic Coast Trust Staff Team

Our staff team are based at our office in Bridport. For details on our team members and their roles, please see our Staff page.

You can also view our contact information for ways of getting in touch. Media organisations please see our Press Office page.

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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.

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Alex O'Dwyer, Chair of the Jurassic Coast Trust.