Wildlife Trust Moving To New Trenoweth Base

Steve Manning from the Wildlife Trust outside their current base at Carn Thomas

The Wildlife Trust is leaving their headquarters at Carn Thomas for the former Trenoweth research station.

Their current base commands a commercial rent but under a recent agreement, they’ll just pay the Duchy a token amount for their new offices.

Natural England, Exeter University and the NFU backed the bid, and the Local Action Group is giving the trust £48,000 to develop the new base.

Trustee, Steve Manning says the grant is just for administration and storage space and they don’t intend to attract general visitors there, although the new base will offer a free, hot-desking facility for visiting wildlife, research or educational groups.

And he says the new premises will give them a proper storage area for their equipment, like tractors and strimmers, that are currently stored in a small, leaky concrete shed at Mcfarland’s Down.

Now the funding is in place, they’re hoping to start work on the refurbishment as soon as possible and before building contractors start their busy winter season on the islands.

The LAG has helped other projects that the AONB offered SDF grants to recently.

The Tresco and Bryher Rowing Club was awarded £9000 towards the extension of the Sussex Gig Shed as a home for the Alfie Jenkins boat, with gig history information panels.

A harbour side hoist, aimed at helping the loading and unloading of both fish and gear on St Mary’s Quay is also being funded – the Duchy scheme will get £15,000.

And earlier this summer, planners approved a new weatherproof waiting room and a separate freight area for St Martins Quay. The LAG will pay for £28,000 of that building work and some freight handling equipment. The Duchy of Cornwall is developing this as a joint project with a St Martin’s interest group and when it’s done they’ll manage it themselves.