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Welcome to Heritage Trust Network Wales
Wales, with a relatively small population of around 3 million, has at least 30 active Trusts who are members of Heritage Trust Network. Of these 30, only one Welsh-based BPT, Ymddiriedolaeth Addoldai Cymru (Welsh Religious Buildings Trust), actively operates across the whole of Wales. Wales has also benefitted from 5 UK Trusts that have undertaken work or given advice in Wales.
All 30 trusts in Wales that are members of UKAPT were formed between 1979 and 2010 and are registered as charities and companies limited by guarantee. Largely owing to the work of the Development Officer in Wales between 2004-2008, over a third of Trusts in Wales were formed in the past seven years. So, although well established in Wales, BPTs are a relatively ‘young’ movement when compared to the rest of the UK. There are also examples of Trusts still being formed, such as the Welsh Georgian Building Trust, and the Llanelli Goods Trust.
17 Trusts are multi-project or revolving fund Trusts, where the surplus from the first project is invested in the second 13 focus on single building projects, where any initial surplus is used to maintain the property by the Trust or successor owner. All Trusts share the core objective of rescuing Buildings at Risk, and all Trusts rely heavily on voluntary action and community engagement. The remit of Trusts also embraces wider aims that include education, local history, religious heritage, tourism, regeneration, employment and skills training.
In 2010 Heritage Trust Network Wales joined with Heritage Trust Network and Cadw to commission a detailed study of the Building Preservation Trust movement. BPTs in Wales have delivered well-managed, sustainable projects of high quality or are currently involved in the development stage of new or additional schemes. Between them, BPTs have completed 42 projects, are actively pursuing a further 10 projects, with a further 18 projects in the pipeline. Recent estimates suggest that nearly 10% of the 30,000 listed buildings in Wales are still ‘At Risk’ (Of all grades of listed buildings at risk, 9.64% are at risk and a further 17.2% vulnerable (Cadw Report, Buildings at Risk in Wales, 2009)). There is, quite clearly, no shortage of potential projects for BPTs to address.