Restoration and Preservation
Window Restoration: After centuries of battering by the elements, the cottage windows are being lovingly refurbished, one by one. And in tandem with this project, the Trust offers workshops on window restoration.
Groundskeeping: Eleven acres and a large front garden sloping down to the sea require hours of cutting, pruning and trimming by a team of volunteers each season. The Trust always welcomes new people power to our maintenance team.
Road Access: In a battle with climate change and the consequent heavy rainfalls, recent road washouts have necessitated a major undertaking to improve drainage and rebuild the 500 m road leading to the cottage.
New Roof: Here is Jake (circa 1954) up on the roof of Kent Cottage, attending to chimney repairs. The roof was last replaced in 1981. Forty years later, a new roof is high on the agenda of major maintenance projects for the Trust.
Solar Power Upgrade: Remote and far along the coastline, the cottage remains off the grid. Solar powered batteries supply lights and sufficient power to recharge guests’ electronic toys.
New Fireplace: Along with the new roof, the brick chimney will be rebuilt, allowing the Trust to install a propane fireplace. This will provide a second source of heat, not only adding to the comfort but also the ambience on those cool spring or fall evenings.
Engage: Help us achieve our goals and keep Kent Cottage in pristine condition for the enjoyment of generations to come,
A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic legacies – all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.
Steve Berry, author and founder of History Matters