Landscape Monitoring training

3 Feb MonitoringJoin 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 the opportunity to use a new smartphone app ‘Rate my View’ to record your personal responses to the landscape.

Lunch and all refreshments will be provided free of charge. Booking essential. Further information will be given on booking.

Comments Off

Orchard pruning volunteer training day

IMG_1018

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.

Join Helping Hands for Heritage (HH4H) to learn the art and skills of pruning old Cornish apple varieties in the historic landscape of Pentillie at the Tinnel orchard. We will work with feet firmly on the ground to prune out dead, diseased and crowded branches on middle aged, unpruned apple trees to let more light and air into the framework of each tree. This will encourage greater health, longer life and better fruiting in the trees.

We will cover safe work techniques and hand tool use, a background to the orchard site, different varieties of apple trees and their uses, and methods of care and pruning suitable for each tree. The day will be run by Dave Readman.

Please dress warmly for the weather on the day with sturdy footwear. All training, lunch, refreshments and tools provided but if you have favourite secateurs, pruning saw, loppers and gloves, please bring them.

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: numbers are limited. Please contact  the Tamar Valley AONB to book, or for any more information.

volunteering@tamarvalley.org.uk 01822 835 030

Comments Off

CANCELLED Pond survey training

19 Feb pondJoin expert Alan Rowland to cover species ID, survey methodology and data collection in the stunning grounds of Pentillie Castle. The session will provide you with everything you need to know to start recording the wonderful world of ponds. More details given on booking.

Lunch and all refreshments will be provided free of charge. Booking is required as spaces are limited.

 UNFORTUNATELY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Comments Off

Kit Hill conservation tasks

Join Kit Hill Ranger Jenny to clear vegetation around the “boat shaped feature” on Kit Hill, and around the shaft on the WW1 mine. Perhaps we can discover what it is!

Meet in the adit car park.

Please let us know if you plan to attend volunteering@tamarvalley.org.uk 01822 835030

 

Comments Off

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.

 

Posted in Helping Hands for Heritage, News, Tamar Valley Blog, Volunteering | Comments Off

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.

 

Comments Off

Annual Conference – Tamar Valley AONB

Invite2015 2_Page_1 Invite2015 2_Page_2

Comments Off

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.

Comments Off

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

Comments Off