Tir Y Cwm Trust
The Tir Y Cwm Trust was established in 1975, when the opportunity arose to obtain a loan to purchase a former Forestry Commission log cutter’s cottage in Cwm Giedd, Ystradgynlais, Wales. Before being offered to purchase, Beechen Cliff School had been hiring the cottage for many years in order to provide outdoor education experiences for its pupils. The Trust today is a charity consisting of a small group of Beechen Cliff staff members, who volunteer their free-time and expertise to maintain the cottage. Their aim is simply to provide an affordable facility, in which children can experience the great outdoors and gain valuable outdoor education and skills. The cottage is often booked by schools located mainly around the Bath and Bristol area, scout and guide groups, D of E groups, and pupils with special educational needs or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Whilst using the cottage, pupils typically experience team building activities, bouldering, gorge walking, orienteering, camping skills and bush craft, with the main focus on fun and enjoying their natural environment, away from phones, tablets and gaming consoles!
Tir Y Cwm is located off the national grid and is largely self-sustaining. The property draws water from a bore hole and relies on a diesel generator for basic electrical needs. Over the years updates to the cottage have been made as funds have allowed and drawing on the expertise and skills of its volunteers and trustees. In order to develop a sustainable income stream from future lettings essential works and maintenance are now required to modernise and improve the facility (whilst maintaining its charm!)
For this reason, we are initially trying to raise £12,000, to be achieved by the 1st September 2019, but then hope to create a steady flow of donations and fundraising activities, together with increased income generated from lettings, so that we can break down the development of the cottage into manageable projects which we are looking to undertake over the next 3-5 years.
The individual projects & estimated costs
- Replacement of cottage mattresses (16 in number £80 each) - £1,280
- Replacement of bunkhouse mattresses (20 in number £80 each) - £1,600
- Replacement of current wooden fire escape steps for a galvanised stairwell - £4,250
- Purchase of materials to redecorate throughout - £600
- Refurbishment of cottage kitchen - £12,000
- Refurbishment of cottage shower room - £10,000
- Redevelopment of old drying room into new bunkhouse shower room - £20,000
- Development of new catering area for bunkhouse - £6,000
- Replacement of current generator with the installation of solar panels and/or wind turbine to run both cottage and bunkhouse – Unknown at this point