A natural world heritage site is now the responsibility of a local trust organisation.

The Jurassic Coast Trust has been announced as the new guardian of the Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site - or as it is commonly known the Jurassic Coast.

The area stretches from Studland Bay in Dorset, to Orcombe Point in Exmouth, East Devon.

The world heritage site, which received the accolade from the United Nation’s Scientific, Cultural and Educational body - UNESCO - in 2001, has been managed by Dorset and Devon County Councils for the last 16 years.

Now England’s only natural world heritage site will be maintained and cared for by the Jurassic Coast Trust.

Over the 16-year period, the councils have maintained the site and grown the area’s reputation with new visitor centres and museums, and the delivery of a range of educational activities.

As an independent organisation, the trust aims to make the Jurassic Coast an even more meaningful and inspiring part of people’s lives.

To find out more about the work of the Jurassic Coast Trust visit jurassiccoast.org.