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Climate change sea risk to coastal castles

Coastal castles that have stood for hundreds of years are at risk from climate change warns English Heritage. It is appealing for money to repair walls and improve sea defences against storms and bigger, more powerful waves.

“It seems to be that the whole natural dynamics of the coastline in some places have been accelerated by climate change,” Rob Woodside, English Heritage’s Estates Director, told BBC News.

“What we’re trying to do now is essentially buy time, so with places that we value, and people want to look after, we put measures in place to protect them.”

Castles at risk include Tintagel, which has been suffering from wind and sea. There are regular cliff falls and English Heritage says funding is urgently needed to repair damage from the storms of last winter.

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Tintagel Castle Image: English Heritage

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