The Swanage Pier Trust

The Swanage Pier Trust

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The Swanage Pier Trust

The Trust has restored one of the three wooden piers in England, and now exists to maintain the structure in order to provide leisure activities and a site for scientific investigation of the seas and the sea bed. Wooden piles need constant renewal due to the action of storms and sea worms, costing sometimes as much as £75,000 each year. The Friends of the Trust raise money to pay for ongoing maintenace and improvement of the faciltiies, which involve strolling, angling, diving training, a landing stage for pleasure vessels, etc. The Pier is also a site for oceanographic data collection, as well as underwater cameras to show the public life on the sea-bed.

The Trust wishes to replace delapidated portacabins and other buildings used for maintenance and watersport activities, and needs to do this to fit in with the listed status of the pier itself, making this a costly project, (around £300,000) but one which will enhance the whole approach to the Pier; as well as, with sufficient funding,provide a museum of the sea and sea-based activities.