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30.07.04
Official opening of new pontoon at Trelissick Garden near Truro

A new pontoon commissioned by the National Trust to increase the number of environmentally friendly visits and transport links to the garden, will be officially opened by MP Matthew Taylor, as the first ferry and visitors arrive.

The ferry landing will enable visitors to travel from Falmouth, Truro and St Mawes using services provided by many of the existing ferry operators, prior to entering as Trust members or paying visitors.

The project is part funded by Objective One (with investment from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). Further funding for the project is also coming from County Environmental Trust Ltd and Carrick District Council Truro Harbour Authority.

Chris Curtis, Trelissick Property Manager said: "The National Trust is a conservation charity committed to increasing environmentally friendly tourism and the Trelissick landing stage will provide a green travel option for our visitors. We hope that a number of our visitors, who would traditionally travel to the garden by car, will choose to come here by ferry, as this would significantly reduce congestion and pollution. The introduction of the landing stage will also help to sustain local jobs and add to a great day out at one of Cornwall's most beautiful gardens."

Andy Brigden, Truro Harbour Master said: "This new facility demonstrates how sustainable transport can be shown to work. We now have a number of different routes around the estuary taking passengers to and from Truro, St Mawes, Falmouth, Flushing and Mylor Yacht Harbour. This new facility will compliment others and hopefully also result in an increase of visitors to the National Trust gardens at Trelissick. It will also incorporate a fresh water facility for visiting yachts and tender berthing for those who wish to visit the gardens in their own boat."

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership said: "The pontoon really has a positive impact on improving the tourist experience, increasing and sustaining the local economy whilst having minimum impact on the environment. It's about building a bridge to Cornwall's sustainable development in the 21st century. Objective One is proud to invest in a project that encompasses all of these qualities. It contributes not only to the character of Trelissick but also to the unique experience of Cornwall."

Voirrey Costain, Trust Manager of the County Environmental Trust said:
"County Environmental Trust is a landfill tax trust that is responsible for the allocation of funding from CES in Cornwall, we fund a number of projects, and have to date awarded over £5 million to local projects. We are very pleased to be able to be involved in this innovative project, and hope that the water taxi concept for the Carrick Roads is a great success allowing ever greater access for both locals and tourist alike to this beautiful area of the Cornish Coast."

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Editor's notes:

As the first ferry arrives for the opening ceremony, a fire tug from A&P Falmouth will fire jets of water 40–50 feet in to the air in celebration. Speeches will be given by: Matthew Taylor, MP for Truro and St Austell, Mike Weaver Chairman of the National Trust Committee for Devon and Cornwall and John Winskill, Chief Executive Officer of Carrick District Council.

Members of the media wishing to attend should meet with the National Trust representative at the Trelissick property office by 9.45am. The walk down to the pontoon will take approximately 5 minutes. There are also a number of spaces on the ferry, members of the media wishing to go on the ferry must contact Liz Boyd at the National Trust's Cornwall Office on 01208 74281. The ferry departs from Ponsharden park & float, Falmouth at 9.30 and will arrive at Trelissick at approximately 10.10am.

The pontoon is anticipated to be open to visitors from Monday 23 August.

Project funding information:

This project is part financed by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) 20 % of the European Union, and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) 17.75%.
County Environment Trust Ltd have contributed £25,000.
Carrick District Council Truro Harbour Authority have contributed £9,000.

The Countryside Agency, English Nature, Environment Agency and Prosper have provided funding into the feasibility study since 1998.

The new access route will direct visitors to enter the garden through 'the Dell' via the woodland walk.

Trelissick garden is set on many levels and is well known for its variety of tender and exotic plants, including camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons and many rare hydrangeas. The garden is in bloom all year round – hence the new opening arrangements to keep the garden open to the public for most of the year. It has a traditional Cornish apple orchard and summerhouses. The estate offers an extensive park, woodland and riverside walks.

County Environmental Trust awards funding to the following types of projects: Public Amenity, Restoration of Historic buildings, Remediation of Contaminated land and Bio-diversity improvement within ten miles of a licensed landfill site.

For further press information and photographs please contact:

Chris Curtis, Trelissick Property Manager
Tel: 01872 862090
email: chris.curtis@nationaltrustorg.uk

Sabina Eberle, National Trust Communications Officer
Tel: 01208 265225
email: sabina.eberle@nationaltrustorg.uk

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Sue Wolstenholme
Objective One Communications
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01579 370991
lmroberts@cornwall.gov.uk

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