Trinity Distribution Park Felixstowe
Trinty Distribution park Felixstowe

The Trimley Estate Story

Trinity College Cambridge bought 1,536 ha (3,795 acres) in the parishes of Trimley St Mary, Trimley St Martin, Kirton and Walton in 1933, believing in its future as farmland and potential for residential development. At that time only a small number of poorly served dock basins existed and no one could have foreseen that the most valuable land would be that which was later to be developed for cargo handling.


Today the Trimley Estate extends to approximately 1,375 ha (3,400 acres), comprising in hand and let farms extending to circa 1,133 ha (2,800 acres), residential tenancies, circa 396 hectares (980 acres) of commercial estate and dock, an 81 ha (200 acre) nature reserve and about 48 ha (120 acres) of woodland. In addition there are a wide variety of other enterprises such as farm shop, fishing lakes, a rifle range and the Trimley Branch Line Railway.


Trinity College and the Port of Felixstowe have always worked closely together, and the growth of the port over recent years has been considerable. This has been matched by the steady expansion of the College’s successful Trinity Distribution Park and the provision of local housing, shopping and community facilities.


This development activity does not detract from the role which the College plays in the community, both on a personal level and in environmental terms. A substantial part of the Estate is within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and some quarter of a million trees and shrubs have been planted as landscaping to ameliorate the effects of the dock expansion. This has been coupled with improvements to the already extensive public footpath network, the implementation of a detailed management plan to rejuvenate the Estate’s existing mature woodlands, and the establishment of the 81 ha (200 acre) nature reserve in 1998 and new intertidal bird feeding areas in 2000.


Following a community planning exercise carried out by The Town and Country Planning Association in 2001 the College have published their long term vision for the Felixstowe Peninsula in order to provide a considered framework for changes and improvements to the settlements and countryside in the area. The plans have resulted from a wide ranging study by leading consultants and seek a continuation of open dialogue with the community in general and the exchange of ideas and comments.


Bidwells have acted for the College at Felixstowe for over 50 years, being fully involved in the significant changes which have occurred in the transformation of a fairly run-down agricultural estate in to today’s multi-faceted estate where farming, housing, port, commercial estate, leisure pursuits and nature conservation all thrive side by side in relative harmony.


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