Do you run a third sector organisation or community group in or around Launceston?

Would you like more access to community green space?

Or perhaps you are interested in running/operating such a space for activities such as:

  • Horticultural therapy
  • Wildlife groups
  • Mental health support
  • Bereavement support
  • Training and development of skills

If so, then Launceston Community Development Trust would like to hear from you!

Launceston Community Development Trust (CDT) has been set up by a group of local residents and businesses. They are keen to develop, and own in perpetuity, a range of different community assets.

Their vision: an inclusive, affordable and sustainable Launceston that’s better for everyone.

Their first progressive and exciting project is the creation of genuinely affordable housing at Prout’s Corner for 30 families on lower income  finding it hard to get on the property ladder, making this Launceston’s FIRST and ONLY housing development with 100% of the homes being affordable.

Though that’s not all….this is a housing project with a difference! They understand access to green space in and around our town is limited, so they are opening up half the site to a community green space.

Launceston Community Development Trust (CDT) are delighted to announce they are working with Urban Biodiversity who are the team behind Newquay Orchard, a 7-acre multifunctional community space designed to provide environmental education, employability training, mental health therapy, community events, food security, and environmentally sustainable economic growth to one of the UK’s poorest communities (www.newquayorchard.co.uk).

The aim of the 2.5 acre community green, within minutes walk of Launceston Town Centre, is for it to be used by groups who might seek the benefits from taking part in activities in nature, and as we know the benefits for for health and wellbeing are widely recognised and backed up by NHS England.

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So where do you fit in?

Launceston CDT are looking for organisations that are interested in either using the space or bringing groups to Prout’s Corner Community Green to run group activities in the future.

If you are keen to operate the community green space but are new to projects like this the  don’t worry…you won’t have to figure it out on your own….there will be support for the operator of the site from Urban Biodiversity over the next three months to develop a funding strategy and plan to secure a sustainable financial future for development and operation of the community green. Funding bids will be more successful where there is a partnership of organisations committed to using the space with relevant beneficiary groups.

So if you are interested in using Prout’s Corner, please complete the EOI form found on the link below to be the best of your ability.

If you have any questions, you can raise your queries with Jacob Lee by emailing info@launcestoncdt.co.uk

Your completed EOI should be submitted via email to info@launcestoncdt.co.uk by 31st August 2020 (though this can be extended if needed).

They will shortlist organisations by 11th September. A representative from each shortlisted group will be invited to attend a site visit to Newquay Orchard and Prout’s Corner in the week commencing 21st September. This will be a chance to see how Newquay Orchard operates and discuss opportunities for using Prouts Corner. You will also get the chance to meet and network with other potential user groups and the managing organisation.

Successful organisations will be informed by 2nd October 2020.