Cadgwith Cove has been used by fishermen for centuries and has been described as Cornwall’s last traditional full-time fishing cove. The village is steeped in history and attracts thousands of holidaymakers each year, providing a main source of income for many residents.
It’s safe to say that fishing is the lifeblood of this Cornish community but now they’re fighting to keep their heritage alive. In Cadgwith, there are three 17th century buildings which are used by the fishing fleet to store gear and process their catches. These buildings are vital for the fisherman but, without action, they could be sold for development and turned into holiday lets.
Not ready to let fishing leave the shores of this tight knit village, the Cadgwith Fishing Cove Trust has set up a Crowdfunder to help them buy the buildings, keeping them safe for generations to come. In total, they need to raise £300,000 to buy all three.
With appearances on BBC’s Cornwall: This Fishing Life and BBC Spotlight, this community project has touched the hearts of many across the UK, including us here at Crowdfunder! The residents are helping the Trust at every turn and it’s heartwarming to see the support from so many people, whether they’re from the cove or not.
In an interview with the BBC, the Trust explained, “It’s absolutely essential that we get our hands on them. Without them there would be no fishing from the cove.”
Their total raised currently sits at £241,439.
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