The Oaklea Trust is now (December 2018) the owner of the former Edenside Residential Care Home in Appleby, Cumbria.

Edenside, in Holme Street in Appleby, was previously a residential care home for the elderly and has remained unoccupied since Storm Desmond in December 2015.

The Oaklea Trust, is keen to develop the site into extra care housing for local elderly people. This part of our website will keep you up to date with plans.

#Project Edenside

Watch this space - here we will bring you news and information on #Project Edenside

On December 19 2018 our signage marking the acquisition went up:

How the local Herald newspaper reported the ‘momentous’ news on its front page - 8 December 2018:

What is planned in 2019 - keep an eye out for

Information event @ Appleby Hub 7th January 2019

Thanks to all of you who came along - it was a highly productive session where we were able to share our initial ideas and take comments and suggestions from the floor.

Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley seen highlighting the fact we are “pursuing this project as there is a definite need for such provision.” Clive also revealed that tenders have gone out to architects who are specialists in extra care housing & have experience of flood resilience. (A further meeting is planned in a few months time when we receive the initial architects plans).

What we want to do

Oaklea is keen to develop the site into extra care housing for local elderly people. Oaklea plans to redevelop the site, including significant flood risk measures, and is looking forward to consulting with the local community and other stakeholders such as the Environment Agency and the planning authorities, on the future of this Community Asset. Eden District Council and Appleby Town Council have supported the purchase and recognize the need for such a facility in the area.The local community has been outstanding in their support of the proposed development and The Oaklea Trust is encouraged by the levels of support expressed.

In November/December 2017 we captured a huge amount of support from the people of Appleby and the Eden Valley (119 letters for example) and this momentum has continued.

How you can help -fundraising for #ProjectEdenside

A key element to #ProjectEdenside will be the need to raise around £250,000 -Why not give on a regular basis -for example set up a standing order -details below - or consider Gift Aid? Every penny will go to #ProjectEdenside.

Project Edenside Gift Aid Declaration and regular giving form.docx

Or give directly via our page - click on link below or look up Oaklea and go to Edenside


Get in touch - we can give further information on

  1. Cash donations
  2. Bequests
  3. Becoming a Corporate donor
  4. Fundraising ideas

If you would like to get involved in raising funds or in sharing your views on the development you can contact us via our Head Office – E: T: 01539 735025 or in writing to 48 Stramongate, Kendal, CUMBRIA, LA9 4BD.

We have also produced a leaflet regarding making a Will etc - click here Oaklea wills leaflet WEB friendly.pdf

The fundraising ball was kicked off big time in February 2019 -when the Norben Charity gave a huge £15,000 donation to #ProjectEdenside - here you can see Trustee Dot Anderton with Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley. The Norben charity is Appleby specific and was set up by former Vicar of Appleby & Warcop Peter Norton - with the aim of supporting community projects in the area. Peter -who now lives in Ireland- was very moved by the aftermath of Storm Desmond and the floods of 2015 -not least because he was a regular visitor to Edenside to see the people who lived there. A massive thank you to Norben for this donation - only £235,000 to go!

The interest has been widespread –here ITV Border came to Edenside in Summer 2018 and like much of the local media were able to reflect the ongoing support for our plans

On January 14 2019 a cracking band of volunteers from ‘Appleby Smarter’ came to clear the grounds of Edenside - they intend doing this over the next few weeks. Their input is greatly appreciated.

The aim is to make sure the external grounds of Edenside look better - as the site hasn’t been touched since Storm Desmond in December 2015.

As a thank you the volunteers who were still around - they were invited to the Appleby Hub Cafe for a ‘thank you’ brew - just a short stretch to the Cafe…it’s just round the corner from Edenside. It’s almost as though these things are planned!

“Testing testing 1,2,3” - BBC Radio Cumbria came to the Appleby Hub on 31 January to ‘test’ for a good signal!

Roving reporter Belinda Artingstoll came with the BBC Radio car. On Wednesday 13 February the Hub will be hosting the BBC Cumbria morning show live from 0900-1200. They will be focusing on what a great community Appleby is, what makes the Hub tick - and of course our plans for Edenside.

On Wednesday 13 February - the day of broadcast came - and what a great showcase for what Oaklea does in the local area (see more on our Appleby Hub page Appleby Hub) - and of course #ProjectEdenside got quite a few mentions…not least from Hub based felt artist Debra Esterhuizen. Debra told BBC Presenter Kevin Fernihough all about the ‘Fundraising Tree’ she is helping create - this will be in the Hub Cafe and will be our quirky way of showing how much is raised for #ProjectEdenside -as we aim to hit our target of £250k!

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Oaklea Trust
48 Stramongate
Kendal LA9 4BD

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