Trust lands and properties

The Trust derives its income from the land and properties connected to the Estate, past and present. 


The funds are used to support grant giving. As well as the distribution of awards, the Trust is also committed to using its assets for the benefit of the community. 


Homes in the Village

Today, Talbot Village is designated as a conservation area. The Trust is dedicated to not only conserving its character and appearance, but continuing the philanthropic legacy of the Talbot sisters by providing community housing.


Our almshouses and cottages are let on a licence at a reduced rent, held in trust for local people in housing difficulty.  Occasionally, properties become available for reletting.  We operate a waiting list and prioritise those with the most urgent need.


  • Almshouses – 7 residences. Applicants must be 65 years of age or older.
  • Cottages – 16 Grade 2 listed cottages each with a one acre garden.

There are no current vacancies and we have closed the waiting list for new tenancy applications.  This process is kept under review.  


Supported Accommodation 


Various forms of supported accommodation and general needs housing are run in the local area by charitable organisations on behalf of the Trust, under management agreements:

  • Supported housing, care or support for those living with learning disabilities, mental health needs, physical or sensory impairments, as well as general needs housing. See Ability Housing
  • Supported accommodation for people with learning disabilities. See Diverseabilities
  • Georgina Talbot House – retirement accommodation for older people. See Anchor Hanover  

Talbot Heath


The charity is one of the custodians, alongside BCP Council, of the protected Talbot Heath, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and home to diverse and rare wildlife. The Trust is fully committed, now and in the future, to protecting and enhancing this important wildlife habitat. 

Other Green Spaces

Talbot Village Trust makes our green spaces available for local people and community groups.

  • Allotments – There are over 30 allotments around Talbot Village. They are open to anyone who lives locally and wants to grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers. We operate a waiting list. 
  • Woodland – The woodland surrounding Talbot Village, known locally as Albion Woods,  is used by various groups including a Forest School, and by university students from the local campuses looking for film sets. 

Get in touch if you or a group are interested in finding out more. 


The Talbot Estate

The Talbot Estate has evolved over the decades. During earlier phases of compulsory purchase, the Council was able to provide much needed new homes for local communities in the 1960s-80s.

Since the 1980s, two new university campuses have been set up and flourish on the site with a strong reputation for design, media and new technologies.  

  • Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus houses the majority of its facilities, including the Faculty of Media & Communication, the Faculty of Science & Technology, the Doctoral College and much more.  
  • The Arts University Bournemouth is a leading arts university for the creative industries with a strong maker culture.

The former estate lands are also the location for schools and other community facilities including Slades Farm, a significant community asset offering a velodrome, skate park, children’s playground and Pavilion café.

All future revenue generated from development goes directly to the Talbot Village Trust, so we can continue to provide grants that transform lives for the better. As a charity, our Trustees do not receive any personal financial gain from the Trust's activities – every penny is invested into the Trust’s life-changing work.

The charity has recently submitted a hybrid planning application jointly with Nuffield Health for the development of a new state of the art Nuffield Health Hospital and Innovation Quarter on Trust lands next to the two universities on the Wallisdown Road.  The Talbot Innovation Quarter is a once in a generation opportunity to create a positive transformational impact for BCP and the region. The aim is to support the two Universities and provide improved prospects for young people and families to live, work and contribute to the BCP area. The proposals, developed in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, are aligned with BCP Council and Dorset LEP’s economic strategy.