“It’s not about the money”, explains Darren White who has been involved with the TVAONB for quite some time. “It’s a about the satisfaction of getting a job done and going home at the end of the day feeling you have achieved something.”
The Tamar Valley Mining Heritage project (MHP), has built over 25 kms of multi use trails over the last four years and they need looking after. These, together with the creation and maintenance of specialist habitats for the rare Heath Fritillary butterfly and the nightjar – an insect-eating bird that feeds at night – means there are often opportunities to help out.
The AONB is also responsible for maintaining part of the Discovery Trail – a national trail that runs between Launceston and Plymouth – and there is more on the way with new links under development.
“Over the years we have worked with a variety of people for many walks of life who have something to offer regardless of experience”, said Richard Halliwell, who is in charge of resource development on the MHP. “Some people manage to make it regularly, others want experience for their CV and some just like getting wet and muddy!
If you want to get involved or feel you have something to offer phone us on 01822 835030, or fill in the on-line form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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