The company supports the local community in several ways. We are always keen to showcase the work which is taking place on site and in doing so dispel the common belief that Wheal Jane is simply an abandoned mine site!
The businesses and activities taking place on the site include many aspects which are of interest to students. The company now regularly hosts student group visits, giving a live and often hands-on insight into the complex project involving active developing businesses in a specialist cluster environment.
During the previous year alone, eight groups totalling more that 150 students visited the site from Exeter University and Camborne School of Mines, Truro and Penwith College, Cornwall College, Falmouth Marine School and even 10 year old future renewable energy professionals from Threemilestone School! Courses being studied by visiting groups include Environmental Resource Management, Forensic Science, Renewable Energy, Land Management and Law.
Visits, Talks and Presentations
Beyond the special relevance that the site holds for students it is also of great interest to other community groups, clubs and societies. These include historical and general interest organisations, business clubs and special interest groups who all find something of particular interest or fascination.
A number of small groups of local business people have also taken up invitations to visit Wheal Jane to raise awareness of the services available from companies based on site and to understand more of the developments taking place.
On Site Facilities
A mile of level, surfaced, traffic free roadways provides the perfect safe and secure training facility for cyclists of all ages at weekends. One and All Youth Cycling Academy, based nearby in Bissoe, use the site for training youngsters in basic riding skills whilst intermediates and Olympic hopefuls run speed trials and hone their race techniques and tactics on a closed circuit. The club has run, on average, 45 sessions a year on the site during which over 100 young people have benefitted from the traffic-free area to practise as beginners or develop cycle racing skills. In just their first four years of using the site, the club clocked up 7,200 hours of individual cycle training!
Cornwall Woodturners Association came to site in 2008 when they found themselves without a venue for their classes and meetings. The company was able to offer the club use of an old loco repair shed destined ultimately for demolition for a peppercorn rent.
Cornwall Butterfly and Moth Society (CBAMS) is a voluntary organisation whose aim is to protect and enhance the butterfly and moth population of Cornwall. We have recently signed an agreement with them as part of our ongoing efforts to protect and enhance the wildlife environment.
We are delighted that our sponsorship for the Little Harbour Children’s Hospice South West as our chosen charity will continue into 2016.