Wildlife Trust To Rebuild Trenoweth Offices

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

The Wildlife Trust will delay their move to the former Trenoweth research station following a decision to demolish and rebuild the existing structure rather than refurbish it as originally planned.

Trustee Steve Manning told us that the wooden building, which has been unused since the station closed in 2009 and which he described as “more of a shed” was in a worse state than they had expected.

This meant it was likely to cost almost as much to refurbish it as to rebuild it.

The Trust has submitted a planning application to build a new structure, increasing the floorspace from 55sqm to 75sqm and it’s hoped this will go before planners this month.

The building will have a similar wooden exterior although the roof will be in slate rather than felt and Steve says the new building will be better insulated, reducing the carbon footprint of the site.

Work is to progress as planned on a second structure, which is to be used for storage of machinery.

Steve says if everything goes to plan, the delay will be short and they hope to move into the new premises in the summer.

The Trust are currently based in offices at Carn Thomas, rented from the Dairy.