Benefactor saves Vale field from future development

Wed 24 Jan 2024

A field in the north of the parish has been saved from possible development in the future after its owner left it in perpetuity to the National Trust of Guernsey.

The field, centre rear, is accessed off Rue de la Chapelles

The four vergee site is near Beaucette Marina and one boundary makes the coast just to the south of the marina's boat lay-up area and is the fifth parcel of land that the Trust has acquired in the parish.

Its president, Mike Brown, said they were delighted with the gift and welcomed the opportunity to keep it in a natural state. Asked by the Vale Parish website how they intended to manage the field, he said: "We will prevent development and look to rent it to a farmer who will manage it according to our policy of no pesticides, no herbicides and no fertiliser."

He said it was obviously currently being farmed so they would be content if the current tenant wants to continue the existing arrangement and looked forward to discussing this with them.

The other areas the Trust owns in the Vale include a site bought from the Guernsey Press near Creve Coeur, an area in the Cuckoo Lane lanes, a site on coast just north of Bordeaux Harbour, and a field below Vale School. The Trust is still in discussion with the States of Guernsey about taking over a former salt marsh at Creve Coeur, and which was reported here.

The latest acquisition is just off a quiet lane popular with walkers and faces the sea (pictured).

Below is a aerial image locating it in relation to Beaucette Marina. If anyone has parish land they'd like to gift to the National Trust to further its mission to preserve and enhance Guernsey’s heritage and its natural beauty, including its historic buildings, open spaces and plant and animal life, more details can be found here and the trust can be contacted by post, phone or email via

26 Cornet Street
St. Peter Port

Telephone: 07781 106461 or email: [email protected]


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