LUNDY Island is celebrating the 40th anniversary of National Trust ownership this year. The small granite island off the North Devon coast with its stunning scenery, history and wildlife, this year marks four decades of National Trust ownership and Landm

LUNDY Island is celebrating the 40th anniversary of National Trust ownership this year.The small granite island off the North Devon coast with its stunning scenery, history and wildlife, this year marks four decades of National Trust ownership and Landmark Trust management.Unfortunately a trip across to the island to mark the occasion, with officers of both trusts, volunteers and media representatives, had to be postponed after the MS Oldenburg was forced to return to Ilfracombe as sea conditions worsened."But," said Landmark Trust Director Peter Pearce speaking afterwards "the example of why we could not get there today is all part of what makes Lundy an exciting place.""As well as a wonderful place for nature conservation, its landscape and extraordinary archaeology, it's extremely popular with visitors, with 20,000 people per year making the trip aboard the Oldenburg."When the trust took over there was a great deal of work to be done and in the succeeding 40 years the entire property was renovated.More recent innovations have included a landing jetty for visiting vessels and the rebuilding of the beach road form the landing area to the top of the island, a "vital lifeline" in the words of Mr Pearce.