The Tamar Community Trust have recently secured £1,000 from The Cooperative Bank’s Customer Donation Fund, that will be used to fund the ‘tramper’ for another two years, making access to the Tamar Trails possible for those with limited mobility.
The Trust, established in 2009, works closely with the local community on the Devon & Cornwall border, in conjunction with the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team, whose main aim is to conserve and enhance the landscape.
The Tamar Trails at Gulworthy, near Tavistock, were created as part of the Tamar Valley AONB’s £7million Mining Heritage Project. 25km of multi-use routes are now available for all to enjoy.
Kate Blake, from Tamar Adventures who now run the Centre at Tamar Trails, says; “This funding is crucial to our aims of making the Trails accessible to as wide an audience as possible. For the past year, a tramper has been available to hire. The grant will enable the continued use of the tramper over the next two years.”
John Page, Chair of the Tamar Community Trust, hopes this is just the start; “As a Trust, we can access funding from a range of sources, to help the AONB in their work to keep our Valley special. We hope, in the near future, to help deliver training and help to access special sites as part of the ‘Helping Hands for Heritage’ volunteering project, funded by HLF and other heritage organisations. We will be developing opportunities to get involved in woodlands, such as conservation task days at Cleave Wood and Bere Alston, and continued heritage works at Wacker Quay on the River Lynher. This will benefit and develop quality access across several locations across the Tamar Valley and its tributaries.”
Nick Websdell, Head of Business Banking, The Co-operative Bank, said, “As a Bank with values and ethics at the heart of our business, we are keen to support local initiatives. We were impressed with the work that the Tamar Community Trust do to conserve the area in and around the Tamar Valley, and are delighted this funding will ensure more people have the opportunity to enjoy its natural beauty.”
Image attached – Tramper on the Tamar Trails, © Simon Burt, Tamar Trails
The Co-operative Bank’s Customer Donation Fund offers its Community Directplus customers the opportunity to apply for up to £1,000 to support special projects and fundraising activities. Since 2003, the Bank has donated approximately £620,000 to over 720 organisations from the Fund.