Tamar Trail Festival – 26th May – 1st June

IMG_0629With just 2 weeks to go until this year’s Tamar Trail Festival, be sure to book your place now as spaces are filling up fast!

Join the Tamar Valley AONB team during May half-term week (26th May – 1st June) and choose from 25 events and activities for you to enjoy throughout the Valley.

–       Mining historian, Rick Stewart, leads a walk on the Tuesday to explore the nationally important Water Power Systems around Morwellham Quay.

–       An Orchard Trail Ramble takes place at Morwellham on the Thursday, with Phil Hurley. Please book your place by 20th May for both Morwellham events.

–       Join Richard Hibbert on the Tamar Trails on Thursday afternoon for Mysterious Mammals – enjoy shelter building, bug hunting, animal tracking, bird calling and much more.

–       Discover what it was like to be a miner in the Tamar Valley on Friday. On our Mini Miners’ Adventure collect woodland treasures to make your very own mini miner, complete with woodland hut, for you to take home.

For details of these and other events, please click here. Or, pick up your free guide from local outlets throughout the Tamar Valley.

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Tamar Valley AONB launches new lottery-funded project


The Tamar Valley AONB team last week launched their exciting new project, Helping Hands for Heritage, after securing £93,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in April and an additional £32,700 in match funding from partners for this 2-year project.

Around 60 delegates representing funders, partners, volunteers, and local residents joined the celebrations at the Tamar Valley Centre, where plans for the project were revealed. Those attending pledged their support for, and commitment to, the project by hanging a cut-out hand onto a tree branch, before tucking into a delicious pasty lunch made by Helluva Pies, Callington and distributed through Tamar Grow Local’s food hub.

Tamar Valley AONB Project Officer, Sam Barnes, explains; “The Helping Hands for Heritage project will develop and support a trained volunteer taskforce within the Tamar Valley AONB by bringing together a range of organisations already established within the area, and offering opportunities for training and new volunteers. These will include community events to discover more about the Valley’s vernacular buildings, and surveys of butterflies, woodland creatures, trees and much more. We are looking forward to getting this project going!”

HH4HWorking within a partnership of other organisations in the Tamar Valley, the AONB team aims to build the capacity of the ‘Valley Volunteers’ as a thriving, skilled and knowledgeable volunteer taskforce to help address some of the identified loss and damage to the varied heritage of the area.

Keep checking local press for details of events and activities coming soon, or like us on Facebook at /helpinghandsforheritage.



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Could your Project be funded through the Sustainable Development Fund?

A reminder that this year’s Sustainable Development Fund is open for small grants to support projects which help to conserve and enhance the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There is £5,000 in total available for grant requests for projects between £200-£500.

The Fund was first created for AONBs in 2005 to encourage individuals, community groups and businesses to work together to develop practical and sustainable solutions to the management of their activities.

The range of projects previously supported in the Tamar Valley include the enhancement of village halls, wildlife conservation projects, small scale renewable energy schemes, water-based recreation, advice for rural businesses and a number of exciting education-based projects.

If you have an idea for a project, where £200-£500 would help, please get in touch.

  • Closing date for applications – 30 June 2014.
  • Applicants to be notified in July.
  • Successful projects must be completed by December 2014.

Please visit http://www.tamarvalley.org.uk/care/sdf/ for guidance notes/application forms. Applicants are strongly advised to discuss project ideas with AONB staff before submitting a completed application to ensure eligibility (tel: 01822 835030).

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Cornwall Open Studios

Title: Cornwall Open Studios
Location: various locations throughout Cornwall, inc Tamar Valley Centre
Start Date: 2014-05-24
End Date: 2014-06-01

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Devonport’s Column Bakehouse Bread to arrive at new Calstock market by train

Fresh bread from a bakery in Devonport will be travelling by train to Calstock this Saturday (3 May) to be sold at a new monthly produce market in the Tamar Valley village.

Market poster with text box

Baked by Column Bakehouse based at Devonport Guildhall, the bread will be taken on the  08 54 Tamar Valley Line train from Devonport to Calstock, arriving in time for the start of the market in Calstock Village Hall at 10 00.  Plans are for bread to travel up from Devonport every month for the market.

Food and drink which has been grown or made in the Tamar Valley will also be on-sale including meat, veg, apple juice, jams and preserves, honey, flowers, pastries, puddings, herbs and plants.

The market is being run by Tamar Grow Local and the bread transport has been arranged by the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership with train operator, First Great Western.  First Great Western is carrying the bread free of charge.

David Crome from First Great Western said: “First Great Western is committed to supporting the communities we serve, and, surrounded by some of the finest ingredients in the World, we are happy to be able to help deliver produce to this market. “Following the ethos of our Pullman Dining and 50:15 local food campaign, what better way to support the community than to transport produce direct to the community.”

Rebecca Catterall from the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership said:  “The railway has a history of transporting food, as well as people. In its heyday, the Market Gardens of the Tamar Valley sent thousands of packages of fruit and flowers around the country from stations along the line.”

Claire Burgess, Commercial Manager at Devonport Guildhall said: “There is a real appetite for high quality, locally sourced food and drink so it’s wonderful to see a new Food Market for Calstock. We’re incredibly excited to be involved and will be sending a range of handmade, artisan breads to the market from the Bakehouse at Devonport Guildhall. The fact we can take the bread to market by train from our bakery in Devonport, means fewer food miles, resulting in a much reduced environmental impact.”

Simon Platten from Tamar Grow Local added: ‘We have a great range of small producers in the valley now and hope the new Calstock market will be a good showcase for them and encourage more people to shop locally. We are thrilled to be partnering with Column Bakehouse and First Great Western to use the railway to transport produce around the valley and hope we can make more use of the river and railways with our events over the year ahead. “

The market will take place in Calstock Village Hall between 10 00 and 14 00. The Peace and Cake café will also be open on Saturday. For those wishing to go to the produce market, an adult Off Peak Day Return from Plymouth to Calstock is £5.40, child £2.70 under 5s travel free.  Full details of train times and fares are available from National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or at www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk.

Calstock Village Hall is located on the Quay, a few minutes’ walk from the station.

For more information contact Rebecca Catterall at the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership on 01752 584777 or Simon Platten at Tamar Grow Local on 07887 983143

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Saltash Community Market

Title: Saltash Community Market
Location: 4 Fore Street, Saltash (opposite Specsavers)
Description: Stalls will be manned by local producers who are proud of their food which is always full of flavour.

Products include honey, apple juice, bread, cakes (including gluten and dairy free), bacon, eggs, sausages, pork, quiches, pies, smoked fish, vegetables and shrubs and plants.

Please come and meet our producers. They will be pleased to talk to you.

The Community Market is open Tuesday to Saturday every week selling a range of products – please call in when you are in town.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2014-05-02
End Time: 14:00

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Tamar Grow Local – Produce Market

Title: Tamar Grow Local – Produce Market
Location: Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cremyll, nr Torpoint
Description: Fresh bread, vegetables, eggs, apple juice, preserves, flowers & plants, honey, smoked fish, cakes and lots more!
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2014-05-11
End Time: 16:00

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Good Food Market

Title: Good Food Market
Location: Royal William Yard
Date: 2014-08-03

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Producers Market

Title: Producers Market
Location: Calstock
Date: 2014-08-02

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