Polvellan Manor in Looe has lain derelict for a number of years, since closing as an old people’s residential home. We are currently working with RLT Architects of Penzance to assist our client in developing the site into a series of residential apartments. Our work has involved a wide range of ecological and arboricultural issues. The manor house is used at a low level by bats and there is a thriving population of slow-worms in the gardens. A particular challenge has been to deal with the woodland grounds, which are covered by a tree preservation order but have suffered years of neglect. This in turn has led to safety issues and dealing with storm damage.
We have worked closely with both the architects and a landscape design consultancy to overcome the various issues, producing plans that integrate the woodlands into the grounds landscaping. We have produced an overall ecological assessment, and undertaken additional bat and reptile surveys. A standard BS5837 arboricultural report has been supplemented with a formal woodland management plan has been approved by the Forestry Commission, and we have also provided a veteran tree report for a particularly notable sweet chestnut on the site.
Going forward we are now working to help deliver the woodland management plan as part of the long term future of the site.