PAUL Lloyd at the Weavers Cottage Tea Shoppe in the heart of the village is one of the businesses in the village supporting the appeal.
Paul (pictured), who runs the tea rooms in the traditional 18th century cottage, said: "I am supporting the Cockington Restoration Project in a number of ways; as a member of the fundraising committee, providing logistic support to the visitor centre in the heart of the village, and by selling 'charity' pin badges on behalf of the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, through my business.
"I believe it is essential to support the appeal because of the importance retaining the national heritage of Cockington village and the country park on behalf of the many thousand of visitors, community groups, and local residents who enjoy the tranquility, history and ambience of this unique spot.
"As a local resident and business owner myself, I meet people on a day-to-day basis who cannot believe that there is an oasis, such as this, still remaining as part of our nation's fabric and culture.
"Many have memories of Cockington having visited as a child and are delighted when they return many years later to find that time has moved on only very slowly.
"It is a sad fact that in these days of national austerity there is little public money to maintain and upkeep the many facets of the park and village that characterise Cockington as it is today, therefore for the great work of the TCCT to continue and expand, it is essential to secure the Heritage Lottery Funding and, therefore, local residents and businesses all need to pull together in support of this important initiative.
"As a recently retired senior navy officer of some 33 years' service, national heritage and tradition has always been very important to me and is another reason why I am fully supporting the appeal."