Tamar Grow Local recognised with awards for enterprise and community contribution

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Tamar Grow Local (TGL) has scooped one national award and one regional award this week.

TGL attended the Western Morning News Business Awards in Plymouth last night where they were announced winner of the Best Community Contribution category for work with local food businesses, growers and bee-keepers in the Tamar Valley under the Tamar Valley Food Hubs and Tamar Valley Honey Co-op projects. TGL also travelled to Manchester earlier on in the week for the Local Food Recognition Awards where the TGL, Growing the Valley project was shortlisted alongside two other projects from across the country.

Simon Platten, Project Manager for Tamar Grow Local said: ‘We are really thrilled to have won these awards. Lots of our members, including volunteers, small producers farmers and landowners have worked really hard to make Tamar Grow Local projects work, it is really nice to have all our efforts recognised nationally, as well as in our local area. We work in collaboration with small food producers, growers, bee-keepers and our community projects to develop co-operative and sustainable ways of building on the famous Tamar Valley growing heritage. Hopefully in turn, TGL is helping to create a positive future for food production in the Tamar Valley.

The Growing the Valley project received funding from Local Food in 2010 and has since been developing sustainable growing projects across the Tamar Valley, including community orchards, village growing schemes, small producer co-operatives and bee-keeping groups and courses.

Mark Wheddon, Local Food Programme Manager said, “The Local Food Recognition Awards seek to celebrate the most outstanding community projects delivered with the help of Local Food funding.  All our projects have made a positive and lasting impact in the communities in which they are based, helping local people in all manner of different ways to access, grow, prepare and understand the benefits of fresh, healthy food.

To find out more about Tamar Grow Local and new project Tamar Valley Food Hubs, a not-for-profit online grocer specialising in Tamar Valley food and drink, please  visit www.tamargrowlocal.org and www.tamarvalleyfoodhubs.org.uk

Tamar Valley Food Hubs has been generously funded by the Cordiale project, a collaboration between the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and teams from other protected landscapes in southwest England and northwest France. www.cordialeproject.eu  Cordiale was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF





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£55,000-worth of Projects made possible through Sustainable Development Fund

This year’s Sustainable Development Fund, accessed through the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team, is helping to deliver over £55,000-worth of projects in the area.

The Fund was created for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to encourage individuals, community groups and businesses to work together to develop practical and sustainable solutions to the management of their activities. The Tamar Valley AONB has awarded £5,000.

Twenty projects applied for funding from the Tamar Valley AONB – successful applicants demonstrated sustainable development, involved and supported local communities and helped to deliver the AONB Management Plan. Projects that were innovative and provided benefits to people and wildlife in the Valley were encouraged. Twelve projects were granted funding, following a panel meeting in late August. Total project spend in the area has been calculated at £55,452.

The range of projects supported include re-establishing breeding osprey on the Tamar estuary through the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, planting local cherry trees in St Dominick Community Orchard, the installation of benches along the Tamar Trails, refurbishment of Landulph Memorial Hall to increase use by the community, and a Yurt for Harrowbarrow School’s Forest School  – these projects (the part that the AONB has specifically funded) should all be completed by the end of December.

For a full list of successful projects, please visit www.tamarvalley.org.uk/care/sdf

The Tamar Valley AONB hope to offer the Sustainable Development Fund again next year. Keep a close eye on our website, Facebook and local press for more details.

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Carols at Buckland Abbey

Title: Carols at Buckland Abbey
Location: Buckland Abbey, Garden & Estate, nr Yelverton
Description: Local Tavistock choir Tapestry.

Singing your favourite Christmas Carols at Buckland Abbey in the Great Barn
Start Time: 13:30
Date: 2013-12-08
End Time: 15:00

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A Gallery Bar Special with Flash Jack

Title: A Gallery Bar Special with Flash Jack
Location: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Calstock
Link out: Click here
Description: Formed from members of the late lamented shanty crew Hanging Johnny along with other well established local singers and musicians, Flash Jack hail from Plymouth and East Cornwall.

They maintain the honourable tradition of comic songs established by their illustrious predecessors and positively encourage audience participation in the form of song and dance.

Their repertoire consists of shanties and ballads old and new, tragic and comic.

Tunes associated with the coast and seafaring and songs from a woman’s perspective and they also sing ballads and work songs from the land.

Free entry, chatty atmosphere, donations to the band would be most welcome.

Doors and bar 7.30pm, music starts around 8.30pm

Start Time: 20:30
Date: 2013-12-13

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Calstock Singers Christmas Concert

Title: Calstock Singers Christmas Concert
Location: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Calstock
Link out: Click here
Description: This year’s Calstock Singers’ Christmas Concert will feature seasonal favourites from home and abroad.

Come along to enjoy a warm, friendly welcome and a festive spirit at this annual village event.

A glass of mulled wine and a mince pie is included in the ticket price.

Tickets £6.50, £3.00 for children under 16

Tickets are available from Levine’s in Calstock and on 01822 835833.

Doors and bar open 7.00pm, start time 7.30pm

Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2013-12-07

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Share your thoughts on the Tamar Valley over a coffee…

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Long Gallery Cafe Bar, St Germans

This Saturday, the Tamar Valley AONB team continue their tour of the area, gathering thoughts and ideas from the community on how best to keep our much-loved landscape special.

Since mid-October, the team have visited different venues each week, getting an insight into the priorities for, and pressures on, each area.

Charlotte Dancer, Information & Communications Officer, says; “We have been made to feel so welcome in every village we’ve visited. We have met dozens of people, who share our enthusiasm and passion for the Tamar Valley; this stands us in great stead as we move towards the next 5 years in managing our ever-changing landscape.”

Having been to Cremyll, Tavistock, Stoke Climsland and St Germans over the past month, this Saturday (16th) the team are staying close to home and will open the doors of the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, near Gunnislake, for a Coffee Morning from 9:00am – 12:00noon. All proceeds will be donated to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Your ideas are important to us, and as a thank you, we will enter your name into a prize draw for the chance to win a hamper of Tamar Valley produce, courtesy of Tamar Grow Local, or a Cream Tea for 4 at the National Trust’s Cotehele.

If you are unable to join the team on Saturday, their final event will be held on Sunday 24th November, 8:00am – 12:30pm at Bere Ferrers Parish Hall, Bere Alston.

Or, if you would prefer to fill in the form from the comfort of your own home, simply click on www.tamarvalley.org.uk/consultation by 15th December.



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Autumn Fayre

Title: Autumn Fayre
Location: Calstock Village Hall
Description: Organiser: Tamar Valley Pre-school (Calstock)

Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2013-11-17
End Time: 15:00

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Christmas Market & Big Breakfast

Title: Christmas Market & Big Breakfast
Location: Landulph Memorial Hall, Cargreen
Description: Large number of stalls selling local crafts, gifts and food. While you browse for your Christmas gifts, breakfast will be cooking for you to enjoy after you shop.

Funds raised will be donated to Cornwall Air Ambulance and Landulph Memorial Hall’s Next Generation Project.

BBC Radio Cornwall’s Tracy Wilson will be broadcasting live from the market throughout the morning.

Information: 07917 225694 (Felicity Wyman)
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2013-11-30
End Time: 12:00

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Have Your Say in a Creative Way on New Plan for Tamar Valley

If you have more apples or courgettes than you know what to do with, bring them along to Mount Edgcumbe this weekend to the Family Arts Festival Day.

Artists from the Tamar Valley area (Drawn to the Valley) and the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team will be on hand to help you create a piece of artwork inspired by the Valley’s connections with agriculture and market gardens throughout the years, and artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Please bring along any fruit, vegetables or plants you may have, and let the creativity begin!

The Family Arts Festival Day and The Big Draw on Saturday 19th October coincides with the release of the Draft Management Plan for the Tamar Valley AONB (2014-2019).

Corinna Woodall, Tamar Valley AONB Manager, says; “We would love to hear what you think about the Plan. What do you think the main priorities and areas of further work should be? How do you feel we can keep the Valley special? Come along and chat to the team on Saturday.”

The Big Draw1The day also kicks off Drawn to the Valley’s exhibition of Past, Present & Future Works, as the group celebrates 10 years of creativity and inspiration in the Tamar Valley. The exhibition, at the Barrow Centre, Mount Edgcumbe runs daily from 11:00am – 3:30pm until 27th October.

The Big Draw2Tessa Jane from Drawn to the Valley says; “The day will be a feast for your senses, with work stimulated by sound, taste, touch and smell and of course sight. Meet a ceramicist, jeweller, felt maker and furniture maker, join us in recycling plastics and draw in as many ways as possible – even with your bodies, with martial arts demonstrations taking place from 2pm.”

The Family Arts Festival and The Big Draw takes place at Mount Edgcumbe, near Torpoint, from 11am – 4pm.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to have your say on the Tamar Valley AONB Draft Management Plan, please visit www.tamarvalley.org.uk/consultation for details of other events or how to share your ideas electronically (consultation ends 15th December).



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Your Valley, Your Views – Have your say on the next Plan for the Tamar Valley

Holmbush Mine

The Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team invites you to share your thoughts & ideas, as they move towards the next 5 years in conserving & enhancing this special landscape.

Meet the team at one of the following venues, or if you’d rather make your views known from the comfort of your own home, please visit www.tamarvalley.org.uk/consultation between 19th October and 15th December.


  • Saturday 19th October, 11am – 4pm

Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, nr Torpoint


  • Saturday 26th October, 9am – 12noon

Tavistock Library


  • Saturday 2nd November, 9am – 12noon

Stoke Climsland Village Market, The Old School


  • Saturday 9th November, 12:30pm – 5pm

The Long Gallery Café Bar, St Germans


  • Saturday 16th November, 9am – 12noon

Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, nr Gunnislake


  • Sunday 24th November, 8am – 12:30pm

Bere Ferrers Parish Hall foyer, Bere Alston


Hard copies of the Plan will also be available to view from 19th October – 15th December at parish/town councils, one stop shops and libraries throughout the Tamar Valley.

Chair of the Tamar Valley AONB Partnership, Cllr Neil Burden, explains; “There is a requirement that local authorities review and produce a management plan for each AONB in their area every five years.  In order that we deliver this statutory edict and receive the Defra grant we, the Tamar Valley AONB Partnership, have over the last few weeks produced on behalf of the local authorities our draft plan and now share this plan for public comment.

Cllr Burden continues; “We have always been very grateful for the support we receive and once again ask that as many people as possible have their say. Do come along to the events listed or visit our website to add your comments. The period for consultation is just 8 weeks”.

Let the AONB team know what you think about the Draft Plan for your chance to win one of 2 great prizes – Basket of Local Produce from Tamar Grow Local (worth over £35), or a Cream Tea for 4 at the National Trust’s Cotehele.

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