Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust is a local independent charity. Our funding comes from various sources and are used to deliver our charitable work.
Our membership scheme generates vital funds to support our charitable work in Torbay. It is an annual scheme and members have the option to purchase a Parking and Benefits Package for free parking at Trust car parks and discount offers. Memberships start at £37.50 per person, per year (including Parking and Benefits Package or £25 without. More about TCCT Membership Scheme.
Legacies and Donations
We rely on donations and legacies to help us. You can make one off donations, set up a regular gift or support one of our current campaigns supporting a specific project, like the recently concluded Cockington Green Heart Project. We also welcome those that remember their special local places by leaving us a gift in their will.
Grants can help us to restore or regenerate specific projects. In recent years grants have funded the installation of a new play park in Cockington and special cameras in the bird hide at Occombe Farm.
The majority of the land managed by the Trust is leased to the Trust by Torbay Council. Torbay Council pays the Trust a Management Fee for managing the land through a Service Level Agreement. However, the Trust is an independent charity with its own board of trustees and specific charitable purpose. It is not governed or directed by Torbay Council and its remit extends beyond providing simply managing land for the Council. The Trust works in partnership with Torbay Council and others for the protection and enhancement of Torbay’s natural heritage for the benefit of the community and visitors.
Occombe festival is held one a year, in June, and is our biggest fundraising event. The festival is two days of live music, street food, lots of beers, ciders and wines, even Pimm’s!
These are specific campaigns that raise money for specific projects. These campaigns have included restoring Churston Woods, the Cockington Green Heart Project and installing a new guillemot cliff camera at Berry Head.
All Trust site car parks are chargeable and managed for the us by an external company, Park with Ease. All the funds raised from parking supports the our charitable work. All proceeds from the sale of gifts at our Cockington Visitor Centre supports our conservation work in Torbay. And buying a cup of coffee, enjoying a cream tea or tucking into a home-cooked lunch at Occombe Farm Cafe helps us too!