“The World Heritage Site is an extremely prestigious but well earned distinction for the Jurassic Coast. It is indeed of worldwide importance and a place of great fascination to anyone interested in the history of life on this planet”.
Sir David Attenborough OM CH FRS
The Jurassic Coast
As England’s only natural World Heritage Site, it is one of Britain’s most beloved travel destinations, as featured in The Telegraph, The Guardian, and BBC’s Countryfile, among countless others. It is also home to a set of thriving communities as diverse as the landscapes which cover its 95 miles. This website has a wealth of information to find out more about the reasons why the Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site, and much more, but if you can’t find what you need, please contact us using the details below.
The Jurassic Coast Trust
The Jurassic Coast Trust is the independent charity responsible for managing the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Find out more About Us.
Our Vision is that everyone loves, understands and values the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
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.
To achieve our Vision and Mission, we work towards four key Aims:
- To protect the coast and its setting – For example, by advising on planning applications that may impact the World Heritage Site
- To engage with people and organisations – For example, by recruiting and training volunteer Ambassadors to speak about the Jurassic Coast to schools, community groups and at events
- To deepen our understanding of, and people’s connections with, the Jurassic Coast – For example, by developing educational resources which schools can use to inspire their pupils
- To sustain the organisation financially and demonstrate exemplary governance – For example, by implementing the World Heritage Site’s Management Plan as stipulated by UNESCO
An experienced and expert team: Our track record goes back to 2001 when the World Heritage Team was established by Dorset and Devon County Councils, and hosted by Dorset. Some of the Trust staff have worked with the council team, and the current staff that you see on our contact page have more than 50 years combined experience in aspects of World Heritage Site management.
Award-winning: In 2016 The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team and Trust was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Geographical Award for “outstanding collaborative work to foster student and wider public engagement with the Jurassic coastline”. This is one of a number of accolades that have been given to the Coast, its founders and Team over the last 16 years.
Locally focused: In addition to meeting the obligations of UNESCO, the Jurassic Coast Team and now Trust have always tried to maximise the benefits to the local population of this incredible global designation. A study commissioned by Dorset County Councils working with the Team and Trust showed that World Heritage Status has led to an economic gain of up to £111m GVA per year and the creation of up to 2,000 jobs. Download the report here.
Nationally leading: Over the past 15 years, the Jurassic Coast has led the way nationally in respect of World Heritage Site management, in areas such as Sustainable Tourism and joint marketing with other World Heritage Sites, national education programmes for World Heritage, and currently our Chief Executive is founding Chair of World Heritage UK, the national body for the UK’s 31 World Heritage Sites.
The recent transition of Site Management from the County Councils to the Jurassic Coast Trust has been generously supported in part by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
For queries regarding conservation and heritage, please contact Sam Scriven: firstname.lastname@example.org
For queries regarding learning and interpretation, please contact Anjana Ford: email@example.com
For queries regarding partnerships and engagement, please contact Guy Kerr: firstname.lastname@example.org
For queries regarding fundraising, please contact Lucy Culkin: email@example.com
For general enquiries, please contact Caroline Pearce: firstname.lastname@example.org
For queries regarding management of the Trust or the World Heritage Site, please contact Sam Rose: email@example.com
Jurassic Coast Trust Logos and photos
This high-resolution logo is available for press use, but please advise us when you chose to do so. Royalty-free images of the Jurassic Coast can be downloaded from flickr here; please cite copyright Jurassic Coast Trust.
Recent Press Releases
Jurassic Coast Summer Safety – July 2017
Jurassic Coast Downloadable Walks and Easter Safety – April 2017