3 December, 2011
Historic Tredegar House agreement completed
Newport City Council and the National Trust have completed the agreement which will see the leading conservation charity taking on the management of Tredegar House, its gardens and parkland.
The National Trust will officially take over in 2012 with a 50 year lease.
Tredegar House is of great importance to Wales, not only because of its historic interest and architectural merit but also because many similar properties have been lost in the last 100 years.
The National Trust, with its national profile and four million members, will be able to give Tredegar House the promotion it deserves.
Throughout the discussions, it has been made clear that the Trust wants to continue to build on the excellent work of the Friends of Tredegar House and other groups that use it.
Under the agreement, Newport residents and visitors will still have free access to the park grounds and the children’s play area as they do now. The charity also wants an ongoing partnership with the city council so events, such as mayoral functions, can continue.
The National Trust aims to increase visitor numbers from the current 25,000 a year to 100,000.
Councillor Matthew Evans, leader of Newport City Council, said: “This agreement will make the future of this much-loved feature much more secure. Newport as a city will also benefit from having the House promoted nationally by the National Trust.
“It has been estimated that an extra 50,000 visitors a year would translate to a £1.47 million boost for the local economy.
“I am proud that the council has attracted such a prestigious partner as the National Trust to work with us to enhance and conserve this important building. It was also important that the people of Newport would still be able to enjoy the parkland, as they have for many years, and I’m pleased that the Trust has agreed that will continue.”
“I would like to stress that Tredegar House still belongs to Newport – this is just a new stage in its long and distinguished history.”
Justin Albert, National Trust director for Wales, said: “The National Trust is privileged to be taking responsibility for the stewardship of Tredegar, this magnificent house, parkland and gardens.
“The National Trust cares for some of the most significant houses, gardens coast and countryside in Wales, England and Northern Ireland. Over four million members, help support the Trust in caring for places and keeping them special. Their support and enthusiasm will help us give Tredegar House even more care, protection and profile.
“Newport City Council has been outstanding in its work to preserve and develop Tredegar house as a tremendous asset for the people of Newport and I wish to thank them for entrusting the property to our care. We are focused on ensuring the Trust’s involvement in this partnership will continue to bring great benefit to Newport, as well as the rest of Wales.
“The National Trust has a strong proven track record of developing unique visitor experiences at historic places, countryside and coastal properties, and we believe this experience will add an exciting new dimension to the continuing history of Tredegar.
“In taking forward this partnership with the Council the Trust wants to continue to build on the excellent work of the Friends of Tredegar House and other groups that use it. We will continue to work closely with the Council and focus all our energies on making this asset even more special.”