The Griffin Trust is a charity dedicated to the restoration of classic commercial vehicles based at Hooton Park in Ellesmere Port. We began life in 1990 and have a varied collection of vehicles. If you wish to volunteer then we have a range of roles you could fulfil please contact us to find out more. If you wish to visit us see our events page for opening details.
In 1962 the Hooton Park site was bought by Vauxhall motors for their car factory. The site included the former RAF Hooton Park military airbase with three World War I hangars and associated buildings. In 1990 Vauxhall Motors agreed to lease much of the old RAF Hooton Park site to a new charity to be founded and based there – The Griffin Trust. Soon after founding the aircraft hangars were given listed building status and we began restoring aircraft and vehicles for our collection. In 1999 Vauxhall motors applied for permission to demolish the site however permission was refused after a local campaign spearheaded by The Griffin Trust. In 2000 The Griffin Trust were asked by the Hooton Park Trust to relocate from the Aircraft Hangars to two Motor Transport sheds on the same site. The motor sheds were in a state of disprepair and were renovated by 2007.
The Griffin Trust is run entirely by volunteers of all ages and denominations. If you are retired, unemployed, have spare time or want to learn a new skill please contact us! We have a range of roles from hands-on repair of vehicles, to land care, building maintenance, I.T. and many more. Our main volunteer days are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday