Love Island star Lucie Donlan joins protestors to help save favourite Cornwall surf spot

Love Island star Lucie Donlan is backing a campaign to save a beach in Cornwall that "means so much" to her.

Lucie was among scores of protesters taking part in a day of action against what they see as the destruction of their local cliffs and beach.

At least 150 people took part in a protest on Thursday, 2 March at Whipsiderry beach in Porth, just outside Newquay. They fear the area and its wildlife will be ruined by developers who want to put luxury homes on the clifftops.

Lucie, a model and keen surfer from the area, took part in the protest with a Cornish tartan scarf wrapped around her neck on a chilly yet sunny day.

She topped her signature blonde beachy waves with a simple black beanie in an effort to keep warm.

The 25 year old rose to fame on the ITV2's fifth season of Love Island in 2019 and although she left without finding love, she confirmed her romance with series six contestant Luke Mabbott in July the following year.

While standing on the cliffs above Whipsiderry Beach, one of her favourite surfing spots when in Cornwall, she said: "I think what happening here is awful. I'm just here to give nature a voice because it doesn't have one."

Lucie, who is also an ambassador for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue and the Wave project, added: "This beach means so much to me. I surf here a lot. I grew up in Wadebridge but moved to Newquay so I'm Cornish and passionate about where I live.

"I love it here. It's so beautiful. And it's horrible to see what they're doing to these wild cliffs which are so stunning.

"It's horrible to see that they are disturbing them."

Before being able to start work on the seven luxury three-storey apartments, the developers first have to consolidate the cliff face below.

As a result, construction contractors have been hired to drill concrete and steel rods into the rock face and backfill the beach caves with boulders from the beach and tonnes of reinforced concrete.

Protesters objected to the work saying it will scar the beach forever and destroy precious wildlife habitats, affecting bats, nesting birds such as choughs, lizards, invertebrates and rare flowers.

Lucie was among those saying they "wholly object to the desecration and destruction of this natural environment and wild bird and mammal habitat".


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