Stars back White Cliffs appeal

Personalities from the stage and sport have backed a campaign launched by the National Trust to buy a one-mile stretch of the white cliffs of Dover, bbc.co.uk reports.

Yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur, actress Dame Judi Dench and singer Joss Stone have lent their support to the appeal which will see the National Trust buying land which separates two areas already under its management, making a five-mile continuous reserve.

The campaign will prevent building on the site, instead awarding it nature protection and a public right of way to permit walking and rambling. The area is home to peregrine falcons, the Adonis butterfly and plants including sea carrots.

The stretch is currently owned by a private landowner and the National Trust needs to raise £1.2 million to buy it. Thus far, it is half-way to meeting the target.

Stone, who was born in Dover, told standard.co.uk why the appeal meant so much to her: "I love Dover and the White Cliffs. They mean so much to me and I hope that the National Trust raises enough money to buy the land for future generations to enjoy."

Other high-profile supporters include Dame Vera Lynn, actor Richard E. Grant and local comedian Paul O'Grady, who added: "The White Cliffs are Kent's most famous and stunning landscape and have a very special place in many of our hearts.

"I'm backing the National Trust appeal so that they will be secure forever, for all of us."

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