In 1961 permission was also obtained to sell part of the grounds know as Cliff House Woods, together with planning permission for two houses, but there was outrage in the town and the idea was shelved. A Trust was formed to own and maintain the woods for the benefit of the public for all time.
At the inaugural meeting of the Society of Friends of Cliff House (this name was later changed to Friends of Cliff House Woods) they gave a cheque for £2,750.00 to the Trustees of Cliff House. The Friends continued to raise funds for Cliff House Trust for many years. More recently their efforts have been largely directed to maintaining the woods, keeping the area tidy and buying and planting trees and shrubs where necessary.
In 2005 Cliff House Trust disposed of its last saleable asset a narrow strip of land adjacent to the flight of steps from Cliff Road to Devon Road.
Note: Andrew McIlwraith was a Scot born in Ayr, who, with Malcolm McEacham founded a London-based shipping and mercantile firm, McIlwraith, McEacham & Co (now ASP Ship Management), trading with Australia. They built up a fleet of ten ships sailing under the name of the Scottish Line to Australia (Victoria and Queensland). In 1880, he pioneered the shipping of frozen meat and in 1887 opened a branch of his company in Melbourne, Australia. He made the last of his many trips to Australia in 1912, after his successful reorganisation of the Tokyo tramways, and retired to Salcombe in Devonshire, England in 1913 at the age of 69.