Village Alive Trust

Stop the rot in the county’s listed buildings

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AN innovative conference aimed at helping to ‘stop the rot’ in the county’s endangered listed buildings is being organised by The Village Alive Trust Ymddiriedolaeth y Pentre Byw in partnership with Monmouthshire County Council.

A register of the condition of listed buildings is updated by Cadw and MCC every five years and the latest survey by consultants found local listed buildings, ranging from barns to garden structures, to be at risk of ‘serious loss of features or decline’.

Owners have a statutory responsibility to maintain heritage assets. With this in mind, The Village Alive Trust, a registered charity and buildings preservation trust, is inviting owners to meet and learn from conservation professionals how to ‘stop the rot’ on limited budgets but using appropriate conservation materials and techniques.

Owners of listed buildings are receiving postal invitations from theTrust, others who are interested in attending should contact us here.

Pat Griffiths, Trust chairman, said: “The Trust has helped owners of listed buildings since 2004 and is hoping to extend a helpful hand to safeguard more heritage buildings in Monmouthshire through this initiative. There will be knowledgeable speakers and a chance to discuss ways forward in dealing with these historic assets, which may be viewed as a burden by those responsible for their upkeep.”

The event will be supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and is part of the Trust’s latest conservation project at Croft Barn, Whitecastle Vineyard.