Bid to save historic Helford River quay

10:00am Friday 19th April 2013

By Greg Fountain

An appeal has been launched to save an historic quay on the picturesque Helford River in need of urgent restoration work.

The National Trust is trying to raise £10,000 to help rescue the Tremayne Quay, which was built in 1847 by Sir Richard Vyvyan of the Trelowarren Estate in preparation for a visit by Queen Victoria.

Britain’s longest reigning monarch never made the trip, allegedly because it was raining, but her great grandson – Edward, Duke of Windsor – did favour the quay with a belated royal visit in 1921 when he was Prince of Wales.

Tremayne Woods, parts of which were planted to impress the queen, and the quay itself were bequeathed to the National Trust in 1978 from the Vyvyan family of Trelowarren. Today, it is one of the few public quays on the upper reaches of the river, with public access right down to the riverside.

Fundraising manager at the National Trust, Caroline Danks, said: “This Victorian stone quay has become a popular place for a wide cross section of river users.

“It is a quiet and tranquil spot where visitors and locals moor their boats.

“It is also a known spot for informal camping due to the flat, grassy area next to the quay and the availability of a couple of fire pits and forms part of a popular walking route.”

Unfortunately, the quay has now fallen into a state of disrepair and work needs to be carried out to replace the dilapidated stonework.

Holes have appeared within the walls, stones have become dislodged and in places the core of the structure is beginning to be washed out.

The trust also wants make some improvements, with new boat tie-ups, improved fire pits and better drainage planned.

“We have received a donation of £3,000 from a local charitable trust,” Caroline said, “but need to find a further £7,000 if the work is to go ahead.”

“Please help us if you can, even a small gift will make all the difference to us."

Packet readers can make a donation to the appeal at or by sending a cheque made payable to “National Trust” to Tremayne Quay Appeal, The Stables, Penrose Estate, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0RD.

Indicate whether or not you would like the National Trust to claim gift aid on your donation.


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