The Trebullom Farm Project

Author/Producer ESCalate
Contributors
  • John Burnett (University of Plymouth)
Published in Issue 8 Summer 2007 Some ways forward
Date Published Summer 2007
Pages 3
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Summary

By John Burnett

Description

The Trebullom Farm project was launched in September 2006 by tutors and students from the University of Plymouth. Its aim has been to develop a teaching and learning centre in rural Cornwall as a resource for higher education students wishing to develop skills and learn about sustainability issues in a practical ‘hands-on’ environment.

Trebullom is a beautiful, early nineteenth century farmhouse not far from Launceston which was converted in the 1970’s as a facility for the residents of Peredur Educational Trust. Since the 1950’s, Peredur has provided home and workplace for young men with learning difficulties, offering a rich cultural environment with workshops for high quality weaving, pottery, and wood-craft. Although, over recent years, Trebullom has been little used, its potential as a teaching and learning centre was recognised by Bowhill Educational Trust who offered to work with Peredur in running a series of pilot residentials at the site, culminating in a large scale public event which would celebrate a range of practical environmental activities led by student volunteers from the University of Plymouth. It was agreed that this could be the initial, exploratory phase of a longer-term project which, if successful, could lead to Trebullom coming into full operation as a centre promoting education for sustainability.