Save Our Ponds, Learn Skills, Record Landscape Change…

There are still a few FREE places remaining on a variety of upcoming events taking place in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, through the Helping Hands for Heritage initiative.

Learn a new skill, meet new people, take some time out and enjoy a lunch – all at no cost! Book your place today.

photo 2-1Pond Survey & Identification Skills will be taught in idyllic surroundings at Pentillie, near St Mellion, on Thursday 19th February. With ponds being lost nationally, do your bit to ensure the survival of this precious home for wildlife and important part of our history. Join expert, Alan Rowland, to learn about the importance of ponds and how to identify species, to give you all you need to survey ponds in the Tamar Valley. FREE lunch provided. The day runs from 10am – 4pm.

On Saturday 28th February, discover the secret life of amphibians at The Garden House (9:30am – 3:00pm). Expert, Nicky Green, will lead this event, with a free lunch provided.

IMG_1018Orchard Pruning will also take place on Thursday 19th February, 10:30am – 4pm at Tinnel, on the Pentillie Estate. Learn the art and skills of pruning old Cornish apple varieties, to prune out dead, diseased and crowded branches to encourage greater health, longer life and better fruiting. Led by Dave Readman.

Calling all farmers this Friday. The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project invites you to a Farm Walk, Talk and Free Lunch at Hele Farm, Gulworthy, by kind permission of R, R & G Steer. The session will run from 9:45am – 1:30pm and will cover topics including funding, Greening & CAP, how the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat can help you and habitat management. Booking essential through eparrferris@devonwildlifetrust.org or 01392 260868.

Help the AONB team to keep an eye on the condition of the Tamar Valley’s landscape on the Changing Landscapes Workshop. This will take place on Tuesday 24th February, 10am – 4:30pm at Bere Alston Church Hall.

Conservation Task Day is being held on Kit Hill on Saturday 28th February, 10am – 4pm. Help to clear the gorse and small trees from Jack’s Shaft mine and from the medieval field system on the north side of the Hill. Please bring lunch for this event, led by Jenny Heskett.

Soil assessmentTOMORROW (Wednesday 18th February) – FWAG South West and the Environment Agency invite all farmers, growers and landowners to a free practical day to Health Check Your Soils, at Deer Park Farm, Luckett. Find out about the benefits of soil carbon from North Wyke soil scientist Dr Jenni Dungait, learn how to examine your own farm soils with Sonia Oates, discover the economic advantages of a healthy soil. Booking essential through Rosemary Teverson, 01822 833804 or by email: wildlifeadvice@rateverson.plus.com.

Booking is essential for all events, as places are limited. Lunch and all refreshments will be provided, unless otherwise stated. For further information on any event, or to book your FREE place, please contact the Tamar Valley AONB team – t: 01822 835030 e: volunteering@tamarvalley.org.uk

For the very latest on Helping Hands for Heritage, and ways to get involved, please visit www.tamarvalley.org.uk or like us on Facebook /helpinghandsfor heritage.

 

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Heritage at Wacker Quay

Come and find out about the history of this fascinating military site, and then take part in management of the woodland trail. Wear sturdy footwear and be prepared for the weather! All tools, hot drinks and lunch (unless stated otherwise) will be provided, however please feel free to bring your own.

Led by Dave Readman. Meet at Wacker Quay car park, near Anthony, on the A374 between Torpoint and Trefulefoot.

Please let us know if you wish to attend.

 

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Annual Conference – Tamar Valley AONB

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Heritage Watch site visits

7 Feb HolmbushJoin Colin Buck and Iain Rowe for a half day of site visits to Holmbush Mine and Cadsonbury Hill Fort to find out more about their history, conservation and threats to their significance. Followed by lunch at Louis tearooms!

Meet at the Tamar Valley Centre at 10am to car share. Booking required.

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Hedge laying & woodland management

6 Feb Hedge

At Tinnel Farm Cottage, near Pentillie Castle (PL12 6QG). Turn off the Saltash to Callington road at Paynters Cross, follow the lane past the entrance to Pentillie and continue for nearly a mile to the first left turn. Turn left and follow the lane to a T junction, turn left and see the white cottage on your left. We will then move further down the road towards Clifton to the site.

Join Helping Hands for Heritage (HH4H) to learn the ancient skills of Hedge Laying on a section of old Cornish hedge bank in desperate need of restoration work. The day will be run by Dave Readman.

All tools, training, lunch and refreshments provided. Bring sturdy footwear, strong gardening type gloves, and be prepared for the weather on the day!

Part of the Tamar Valley AONB ‘Helping Hands for Heritage’ project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to build the capacity of volunteers in the Tamar Valley AONB.

Booking is essential for this event. Please contact the Tamar Valley AONB to book, or for any more information.

volunteering@tamarvalley.org.uk 01822 835 030

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Landscape Monitoring training

3 Feb Monitoring

Join us for an informal training workshop to find out more about the Tamar Valley landscape and how monitoring informs conservation.

Indoor group activities will be followed by a nearby site visit, providing you with all the skills to carry out monitoring activities over a wider area and across more themes. There will also be an opportunity to use a new smartphone app ‘Rate my View’ to record your personal responses to the landscape.

Booking essential. Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

 

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Get Back to Nature in the Tamar Valley

Enjoy the many benefits of being outdoors and getting back to nature this year, with new opportunities to volunteer in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

Helping Hands for Heritage is offering a variety of FREE training and practical events for you to join in with over the next three months.

 

Help the AONB team to keep an eye on the condition of the Tamar Valley’s landscape with a choice of two Landscape Monitoring Workshops. Don’t worry if you missed the 27th January workshop; choose from Tuesday 3rd February on the Bere peninsula or Tuesday 24th February in the Lynher area.

 

Pond Survey Skills will be taught in idyllic surroundings at Pentillie, near St Mellion, on Thursday 19th February. Please call the AONB team for further details.

 

Our Woodland Plant Workshop at the National Trust’s Cotehele House will take place on Wednesday 4th March, 9:30am – 4:30pm. Ian Bennallick from the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland, will show participants how to identify flowering plants, trees and ferns in Cotehele’s woodlands.

 

Discover the art of Apple Grafting and take a tree home with you on Friday 6th March, 11:00am – 4:00pm. The Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, provides the venue to learn the theory behind grafting with Dave Readman and Tamar Grow Local’s Simon Platten. Following lunch, there will be the chance to put your new knowledge to the test!

 

Starting a Tree Nursery will take place in a working allotment at Harrowbarrow on Saturday 14th March, 11:00am – 4:00pm. Find out how to set up a tree nursery and stool bed, learn how to care for trees and how they grow, and plant the trees that were grafted in a previous workshop.

 

Booking is essential for all events, as places are limited. Lunch and all refreshments will be provided. For further information on any event, or to book your FREE place, please contact the Tamar Valley AONB team – t: 01822 835030 e: volunteering@tamarvalley.org.uk

 

For the very latest on Helping Hands for Heritage, and ways to get involved, please visit www.tamarvalley.org.uk or like us on Facebook /helpinghandsfor heritage.

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Become a Walk Leader in the Tamar Valley

The Tamar Valley AONB team is seeking volunteers to lead walks and support walkers to help them stay motivated, in the Gunnislake area.

 

Free training will be provided next month, and all walks will be risk assessed and mapped ready for the leaders. You won’t be alone, as there will be 2 walk leaders per session.

 

Anyone can join the group and we will be encouraging people to just come along. It will be a chance to make new friends and explore your local area, with no specialist equipment required.

 

Becki Lumbis, Education & Community Resource Officer from the Tamar Valley AONB, says; “We’re aiming to run weekly walks of varying lengths, from just 10 minutes to around 1 ½ hours. If you can spare any time at all to lead a walk, we would love to hear from you”.

 

The Tamar Valley AONB team is working in partnership with Walking for Health and the Living Well programme, to promote the benefits of walking. The aim of the scheme is to reduce the risk of individuals going into hospital, helping them to become more active and socially mobile in order to regain their strength and fitness.

 

Training will take place on Thursday 26th February, 10:00am – 4:00pm, at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, near Gunnislake.

 

To book your place, or for further information, please contact Becki at the Tamar Valley AONB team – 01822 835030, rlumbis@tamarvalley.org.uk.

 

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Get Accreditation for your Dedication in the AONB

Last October, the Tamar Valley AONB announced that it had become a registered AQA* Unit Award Scheme Training Centre and would be accrediting the skills volunteers demonstrate through the Helping Hands for Heritage Project.

 

A variety of new opportunities have now been added, to further your career, enhance your CV, or to provide you with new skills this year.

 

The Unit Award scheme is a nationally recognised accreditation. Choose from five modules, covering a variety of subjects, as shown below. Anyone can enrol on the scheme, it’s free, and the AONB team will work with you to gain your accreditation, offering support and development as necessary.

 

Becki Lumbis, Education & Community Resource Officer for the Tamar Valley AONB, says; “Workshops will involve both practical tasks and theory, mainly through discussion, and all of which will be supporting the work of the Tamar Valley AONB. The skills learned and tasks achieved through the training will also help us to deliver more. We look forward to meeting you at one of our events very soon.”

 

Ideally, we would like you to attend all of the events within a particular module, as listed below, but if you can’t make one of the dates, please get in touch and we can discuss other options.

 

New for 2015

  • Condition Monitoring– become experienced in reading maps, identifying features in the landscape, methodologies for assessing condition, data collation. Training dates to attend:

o   24th January – survey techniques to monitor the condition of scheduled monuments, Minions area

o   27th January – landscape monitoring, Drakewalls, nr Gunnislake

o   or 3rd February – landscape monitoring, Bere Peninsula

o   or 24th February – landscape monitoring, Lynher area

o   7th February – conservation & condition monitoring, Callington area

 

  • Practical Countryside Management and Health & Safety; Assess Risk – learn the practical and theoretical aspects of accessing and managing the countryside. Find out more about health & safety, risk assessments and managing common hazards. Training dates to attend:

o   23rd January – Tamar Trails maintenance, practical tasks

o   6th February – woodfuel, location tbc

o   20th February – Tamar Trails maintenance, practical tasks

 

  • Reading Historical Maps – learn how toidentify multiple locations on relevant maps (modern and historic) and be able to identify and understand landscape features as represented on a map. Training dates to attend:

o   27th January – landscape monitoring, Drakewalls, nr Gunnislake

o   or 3rd February – landscape monitoring, Bere Peninsula

o   or 24th February – landscape monitoring, Lynher area

o   28th January – training workshop to use resources to research location of historic weirs, Drakewalls, nr Gunnislake

o   March 2015 – date and location tbc, use resources to research location of historic ponds.

 

  • British Tree ID– find out how to identify native British species of trees by their leaf, bark, fruit and seeds. Training dates to attend:

o   6th February – management for woodfuel, location tbc

o   4th March – woodland identification day, Cotehele

o   March 2015 – date tbc, woodland lichens identification day

 

  • Survey Skills– learn how to use field guides and follow methodologies to complete a survey, report findings accurately, work safely in an outdoor environment. Choose any one training date to attend (although you are welcome to attend more if you wish):

o   Ponds – training: mid February (date tbc), survey: throughout March

o   Woodland & Churchyard Lichens – training: end March (date tbc), survey: throughout April & June

o   Heritage Watch – training: 24th January, includes practical surveys on-site

o   Butterfly Surveys – training: 25th April and 5th May, surveys: June/July/August

 

If you would like further information, or would like to sign up for the training, please contact Becki Lumbis, 01822 835030, rlumbis@tamarvalley.org.uk

 

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