Our Plans

 Poltimore House Trust plans to make progress every year, working with people and organisations who share our vision of a lively and successful social enterprise project in an increasingly restored and renovated heritage setting.


We are working on master plans for the house and the parkland to make Poltimore House more accessible to the community – and we want to become a model that shows the way that enterprise can thrive through working with heritage.


We have already shown


  • our capacity to work with volunteers to support and initiate projects in the grounds and the house
  • that we can raise funds from heritage funders and other grant and funding bodies to support specific projects
  • that we can give opportunities to disadvantaged people who gain skills, confidence and qualifications through volunteering in our grounds and contributing to renovation projects
  • that we can give opportunities to students who work with us on uncovering archaeology and our history, who bring arts projects to Poltimore, and who gain administration skills while supporting the project
  • that we can put on a highly successful and varied events programme which attracts many thousands to Poltimore during the year for enjoyment, entertainment, learning and to find profitable outlets for their gardening, cooking and craft-making skills
  • that we have a rich heritage history that people want to know about, and we have shown that we are good at supporting learning, through schools and colleges and through history groups and societies
  • that we are good at working with other people and organisations, such as the University of Exeter, the Association of Building Preservation Trusts and Devon History Society, EDF and South West Water, the Royal Society of Arts and the University of the Third Age among many others.


Our future plans include


  • developing new supporters for our work, including individuals and organisations who will support our fundraising and give us new skills and experience through volunteering
  • working with a team of heritage professionals including conservation builders, plasterwork specialists, structural engineers, surveyors and other specialist trades to support our programme of repair and restoration in the house – leading to a water-tight and useable building over the next five years
  • working with conservation professionals and local colleges to establish a training centre at Poltimore House, to enable new skills and qualifications in heritage skills and crafts – including outdoor skills in the landscape and the natural world
  • building on productive partnerships with local Councils, heritage and social enterprise bodies, industry and education to increase the ways that Poltimore offers others interesting opportunities to be involved with our project
  • undertaking further research into the history of the Poltimore Estate, and undertaking new projects to provide interpretation and understanding, including a new visitor centre and a range of new publications
  • working with English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund to find the funds to repair Poltimore House and take it off the Heritage at Risk register
  • making sure that as we bring Poltimore House and its park back into regular community use, we do so with the highest standards of care for the heritage and the environment.



Poltimore House Trust has been engaging with supporters to develop our plans. Watch a short slide show of our 3 April 2009 workshop – creative collaboration at work.


Poltimore House Trust has developed a Strategic Business Plan.
You can download a pdf of the Business Plan by clicking on the icon below: