Treraven Farm is beautifully situated, on slopes above the tidal River Camel and the attractive and thriving market town of Wadebridge. The Gaia Trust acquired Treraven Farm in 1999.
The 170 acre site includes 35 acres of ancient semi-natural woodland and salt-water meadows, bordering the Camel Trail long distance path and cycle-way. A new Community Forest of native broad-leaved trees was planted by the Trust, with supporting walks and paths. The remainder of the land is permanent pasture, managed in accordance with a Countryside Stewardship Scheme Agreement to enhance biodiversity and sustainability.
Mike Bell’s National Collection of Bamboo is also located at Treraven.
Work by the Environment Agency and Natural England has restored Treraven’s original water meadows along the River Camel as part of the creation of a much larger salt marsh system – one of the largest habitat restoration projects in Cornwall. A series of pipes and a new creek system has enabled previously ‘reclaimed’ agricultural land to once again be flooded with seawater at spring tides. This has improved the wildlife value of the Camel estuary for many species including otter, kingfisher, mullet, flounder, lapwing and curlew. The opportunity for the creation of salt marsh habitat is rare. This exciting project was supported by other Camel Trail Partnership members too.
The acquisition of Treraven Farm was made possible by: Heritage Lottery Fund; The Will Trust;Esmee Fairbairn Trust; Lankelly Trust; Ernest Cook Trust; County Environmental Trust; Alan Evans Trust; Four Winds Trust; Hamamelis Trust; Inverforth Trust; John Spedan Lewis Foundation; Wadebridge Rotary Club.