RESEARCH PROJECT ON DEVELOPING COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES AT THE YORKSHIRE ARBORETUM
The Yorkshire Arboretum has conceived an idea to create an institution to promote knowledge and awareness of issues around the increasing problems caused by tree diseases and pests, now having significant economic, ecological and aesthetic impacts in the UK. This institution, known by the working title of the Tree Health Centre (THC), would be based at the Yorkshire Arboretum. It is expected that the THC will charge for its services to cover all costs and contribute to the Yorkshire Arboretum’s finances. It is envisaged that the THC will be based in a new building to be erected adjacent to the current Yorkshire Arboretum Visitor Centre.
A business case for the THC has demonstrated a market for tree health-related training, but it is clear that this alone is insufficient to create sustainable income from the proposed new building and associated developments. However the Trust wishes to pursue the possibility of this THC development at the arboretum, but believes that other activities within the new building will be needed to generate revenue to contribute to the arboretum’s sustainable development.
Full invitation to tender : TenderInvitation.pdf