The Rame Conservation Trust – Conserving Heritage Assets for Public Benefit

The Rame Conservation Trust was established as a charity in 1997 to protect and promote the heritage assets at Maker Heights for public benefit.

Our purpose as defined by item 3 of our governing documents (viewable in the documents page)

“The object for which the Trust is established is to preserve for the benefit of the townspeople of the Borough of Rame in the County of Cornwall and of the nation at large, whatever of the historical, architectural and constructional heritage may exist in and around the Borough (or District) of Rame aforesaid in the form of buildings (including any building as defined in Section 336(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) of particular beauty or historical, architectural or constructional interest.”

Put simply, the purpose of the Rame Conservation Trust is to conserve heritage assets for public benefit.

Located on the Rame Peninsula, South Cornwall, Maker Heights is designated as a place of outstanding heritage significance. This is a former military site which played an important role in the defence of Plymouth from the late 18th century.  The site contains five scheduled moments and four grade II listed buildings.

Maker Heights also boasts environmental assets of local and national importance. It lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Maker Heights also played an important social historical role in an initiative to provide children from deprived backgrounds respite from poverty. Nancy Astor, the first female to sit as an MP in the House of Commons, set up Maker Camp in the 1920s as a school holiday camp for Plymouth’s deprived children. The camp continued to operate in this way, including through the post-second world war period, until the early 1980s.

In recent decades, Maker Heights has become home to a creative community of artists and musicians. A number of social and other enterprises operate from the site, including the Maker Canteen, which is run by ex-River Cottage chef, Nick Platt.

Where We Are

The trust is based at Maker Heights, on the Rame Peninsula near the villages of Millbrook and Kingsand-Cawsand, Cornwall (Cornwall’s “forgotten corner”).