The future at treraven
Treraven forms a valuable haven of accessible greenspace on the outskirts of Wadebridge. Over the last few years, in order to maximise the social as well as environmental benefit of Treraven, the Trust has worked hard to build and strengthen relationships with local partners and the local community.
The site hosts regular countryside management volunteering events including for people with mental health and other wellbeing issues and in 2014-15, was one of the host areas for Exeter University’s ‘Dose of Nature’ project exploring how to deliver health and wellbeing benefits through access to the natural world.
The site is also popular for children and community activities have included children's play days, open air theatre workshops, the creation of a small fruit orchard, cooking in nature and natural crafts actvities such as shelter building and mud sculptures.
Over the coming years, the Gaia Trust plans to build on this foundation to pursue a vision where "Treraven will continue to offer a high quality environment for wildlife but will also become a well known, well used and indispensable social and educational asset for Wadebridge and its surrounding area".
Particular objectives include establishing regular citizen science programmes, creating and exploiting partnerships with local academic institutions and increasing volunteer hours at the site. We also plan to improve access to the site through better links to the Camel Trail and Saints Way, and improved management to reduce user/wildlife conflict. We will explore linking with the Camel Community Supported Agriculture Group and hosting their site at Treraven.
We will continue to work in partnership with our farm tenant manage the site to increase the abundance and diversity of habitats and species.
The plans for Bodwannick manor farm have been developed with the Heritage Lottery Funded 'Transition Fund' grant that the Gaia Trust received in March 2015