Your questions answered
Are you building the car park on an orchard?
The new car park is not planned on the site of the orchard at Trelissick. The new car park planned for Dicky Lane is intended to provide direct access to the northern parts of Trelissick and wider countryside. The area proposed is land outside of the Grade II* listed park and garden, of which much of the estate is designated.
This area of scrub land on which the car park is being proposed does contain some apple trees which were planted here as leftover spares from the creation of the orchard within the private gardens at Trelissick in the 1990s. We make every effort to avoid and minimise tree & vegetation removal as much as possible, but where this cannot be avoided, we have put robust plans in place to mitigate any negative effects.
Why are you creating a crossing point and narrowing a public road?
As part of our car park expansion and increasing visitor access to the north part of the estate, the Trust must ensure a safe crossing point for all visitors across the B3289. With extensive design, consultation and safety assessments we have worked with highways experts to develop a new crossing point to ensure safe access for everyone.
With the creation and separation of two car parks, visitors will be directed, and encouraged, to use either car park depending on the nature of their visit (House/Garden and Woodland/Countryside), whilst visitors will have new flexibility to explore the entire Trelissick estate if they desire - with the creation of new access across the public road, and multiple circular routes throughout the parklands and woodlands.
How will this work benefit nature?
As the estate becomes more joined up, new corridors will be created for wildlife. Woodland, pasture and parkland will be restored. Grassland and scrub will be sensitively managed to encourage regeneration and provide further habitats for birds and small mammals.
Within the car park development works and North Woodland restoration and management, we have assessed an overall biodiversity net-gain of 33%. The National Trust are delivering net-gains of >100 trees, 400m hedges, 35m of Cornish hedges, and >1ha of former agricultural land allocated for natural generation. We have further environmental gains to come as our plans for the whole project continue to develop - this does not yet include the restoration and planting of the walled garden.