Greater Horseshoe Bat Walk & Talk

Title: Greater Horseshoe Bat Walk & Talk
Location: Tamar Trails Centre, nr Gulworthy
Description: Join us on the Tamar Trails, for a free talk and guided walk with Devon Wildlife Trust. Find out the results from the recent community project, enjoy a bowl of soup in the Beech Café, then head out along the Trails with bat detectors.
Booking: essential – 01822 835030, bookings@tamarvalley.org.uk, Helping Hands for Heritage (Tamar Valley AONB)

Start Time: 17:30
Date: 2014-09-11
End Time: 20:30

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Speciality Bread – Duchy College Food Course

Title: Speciality Bread – Duchy College Food Course
Location: Duchy College, Stoke Climsland
Description: Learn different techniques to produce a range of artisan breads. Some experience necessary.
Cost: £85 per person (lunch included)
Booking: 0845 458 7485, rbs@duchy.ac.uk

Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2014-09-11
End Time: 16:00

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£1,000 boost to Tamar Community Trust

Tramper on the Trails.(c) Simon Burt, Tamar Trails

Tramper on the Trails.
(c) Simon Burt, Tamar Trails

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.”

The tramper can be hired from the Tamar Trails Centre, Gulworthy. Contact Tamar Adventures for further details – 01822 833409, info@tamartrails.co.uk or visit www.tamartrails.co.uk/tramper-hire

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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.

 

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Fieldwalking at Tinnel

Title: Fieldwalking at Tinnel
Location: Pentillie estate, near Cargreen
Description: Step back in time and discover how people used to live, by joining the hunt for archaeological evidence, including pottery sherds, flint flakes and building debris. Tinnel Farm, perhaps dating back to the Bronze Age, once housed a small farming community and a central yard. Today, only the farmhouse, cottage and their outbuildings remain.

This FREE event, in conjunction with Saltash Heritage, will take place between 10:00am and 4:00pm. You are welcome to join us for all or part of the day, and there is no limit on numbers (the more people we get the more of the field we can cover!), but it is useful to know if you plan to attend. volunteering@tamarvalley.org.uk 01822 835030

If you would rather help us with car parking, washing the finds or other general duties, please also get in touch.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2014-09-27
End Time: 16:00

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Volunteering in the Tamar Valley – Veteran Trees, Fieldwalking & keeping the Valley ship shape!

As thoughts of summer barbeques and walks along the beach come gradually to a close, make September your month to try something new in the Tamar Valley.

Helping Hands for Heritage is picking up pace with a choice of three volunteering opportunities this month, providing you with new skills and benefiting the landscape of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Calstock War memorial (CPAT)Help is needed on Saturday 6th September to clean and tidy the War Memorial in Albaston Cemetery. Most tasks will be suitable for all ages and abilities, so please come along at a time to suit you between 11am and 4pm. If you would like to find out more about the names inscribed on the memorial, pop into the Cemetery Chapel where Calstock Parish Archive are holding an exhibition all weekend.

 

Veteran Tree_Antony House low res

 

Later in the month, join Tim Kellett from the Ancient Tree Forum, to learn more about Antony Estate’s veteran trees. Enjoy a FREE day within stunning National Trust grounds, finding out what makes the trees so special and how to identify and record them. This event (Saturday 20th September, 10:30am – 4:30pm) is going to be very popular, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Following this session, volunteers will be encouraged to identify and survey trees in your local areas to help contribute to wider conservation of our landscape.

FieldwalkingThe much-awaited Fieldwalking event will take place on the Pentillie Estate, at Tinnel Farm near Cargreen, on Saturday 27th September. Step  back in time and discover how people used to live, by joining the hunt for archaeological evidence, including pottery sherds, flint flakes and building debris. The farm, perhaps dating back to the Bronze Age, once housed a small farming community and a central yard. Today, only the farmhouse, cottage and their outbuildings remain. This FREE event, in conjunction with Saltash Heritage, will take place between 10:00am and 4:00pm. You are welcome to join us for all or part of the day, but booking is essential. If you would rather help us with car parking, washing the finds or other general duties, please also get in touch.

To book, for further information on the events, or for more detail about the Helping Hands for Heritage Project, please contact Sam Barnes at the Tamar Valley AONB office, 01822 835030, volunteering@tamarvalley.org.uk

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Tamar Valley Bioblitz – Wildlife Extravaganza at The Garden House

With just a few days to go until this summer’s Tamar Valley Bioblitz, The Garden House is gearing up for a day of wildlife fun, turning its beautiful gardens into Buzz, Nut & Newt Zones!

This FREE day out on Monday 1st September, is just the tonic for children to let off steam and enjoy an abundance of activities, before heading back to the classroom later in the week.

Join the Tamar Valley AONB team in yet another beautiful setting – The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, between 10am and 4pm, to search for all that crawls, flutters, slithers & swims.

Recently confirmed activities include Minibeast Hunts, Bird Walks, Pond Life, Reptile Hunts, Magical Moths and looking for signs of dormice, voles & squirrels. Don’t miss the art competition – draw or paint your favourite minibeast for your chance to win a prize.

You don’t need to be an expert, as naturalists, scientists and volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to help you find and identify all forms of life within the gardens.

Join the AONB at this year’s Bioblitz, which has been made possible through the Helping Hands for Heritage project*. Activities will be running throughout the day, and a tour of the gardens by Head Gardener, Nick Howarth, will take place at 11:00am and 2:30pm. The Garden House Café will be open for lunches and refreshments.

Places are limited for this event, and advance booking is essential. Please book early at www.tamarvalley.org.uk/bioblitz or call the AONB team on 01822 835030.

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Bat Talk, Soup & Walk

Greater Horseshoe Bats in Limestone Cave - credit Natural England - Michael Hammett copy

Greater Horseshoe Bats (c) Michael Hammett, Natural England

As the evenings start to draw in, join the Tamar Valley AONB team for a FREE talk & guided walk with Devon Wildlife Trust to learn more about bats.

The Tamar Trails, near Gulworthy, provide the perfect setting to explore with bat detectors. Beforehand, discover the results from the recent community bat survey, and enjoy a bowl of soup in the Beech Café.

The event will take place on Thursday 11th September, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, meeting at the Tamar Trails Centre.

Booking is essential, as places are limited. Please call 01822 835030 to secure your place, or email bookings@tamarvalley.org.uk

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Tree Identification Day

Title: Tree Identification Day
Location: Antony Estate
Description: Come and discover the hidden history of trees on the National Trust’s Antony estate. Lead by the Ancient Tree Forum’s Tim Kellett, we will be finding out more about not only how to identify different tree species, but the importance of trees to our landscape and culture.

A FREE, one day event – more details to follow.
Start Time: 10:30
Date: 2014-09-20
End Time: 16:00

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Community War Memorial Cleaning

Title: Community War Memorial Cleaning
Location: Albaston Cemetery, nr Drakewalls
Description: The war memorial in Albaston cemetery commemorates those who were lost in the Great War and World War Two. It was erected in 1921 and constructed from Kit Hill granite – the cross was carved by Alfie Beer at the quarry on the Hill.

The memorial is an important part of our local community history, as well as a reminder of the huge loss of life that impacted throughout Great Britain.

2014 is the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, and Calstock Parish Council in association with the Tamar Valley AONB’s Helping Hands for Heritage project and Calstock Parish Archive Trust would like to invite local people to give the cross a makeover and find out more about the people who are commemorated on it.

Tasks will include lightly scrubbing the granite with soft brushes and water to remove any dirt; weeding around the base; removing the gravel, laying weed repressant matting, and laying new gravel. We would also like to record the monument (and the event) with photographs and maybe drawings; if you are a keen photographer or have an artistic flair why not come along and help us. Once we have given it a good clean we will be able to record its condition and contribute towards its care for the next 100 years.

Calstock Parish Archive Trust will be holding an exhibition on the Great War in the cemetery chapel over the weekend, and their volunteers will be around to talk about some of the people recorded on the memorial. They would like to hear from any surviving family members, so bring along your stories and photos.

If you would like to take part just turn up on the day at Albaston Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Drakewalls PL18 9FE. Parking is available at the Tamar Valley Centre, but why not walk or take the bus. There will be things to do all day and most tasks will be suitable for all ages and abilities. For more information please contact the Tamar Valley AONB team on 01822 835030 volunteering@tamarvalley.org.uk

Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2014-09-06
End Time: 16:00

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