Helping Hands for Heritage

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The Helping Hands for Heritage project aims to expand the potential of volunteering in the Tamar Valley, and to work towards helping to protect and care for its remarkable natural and cultural heritage. 

This unique project will provide expert training for volunteers over a range of heritage topics, many of which have been identified to be at risk, across the entire Tamar Valley AONB and the Tavistock Area of the Cornwall & West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site (WHS). There will be many activities happening until May 2016, and there will be exciting events for all the family to get involved in too.

Kick-start your career or strengthen your CV… Tamar Valley AONB is now a recognised AQA training centre and we are able to offer training through the Unit Award Scheme for volunteers. Find out more here.

All of the project’s events and activities are FREE unless stated, and in many cases refreshments will be provided for free too. We are also able to offer travel expenses to people volunteering for us. Events are advertised in the local press, on our website and through social media. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date. Why not sign up to our monthly volunteering ebulletin? Just email Sam at the address below.

To view all of our events click here


One of the most popular training activities delivered through HH4H was given by Tim Kellett from the Cornwall Ancient Tree Forum. Tim delivered three sessions to around 30 volunteers, learning about special trees and how to record them as part of the Ancient Tree Hunt. Some of the volunteers have gone on to record numerous trees which will be verified as ancient, veteran or notable by the ATF verifiers. We have produced an A2 poster of ‘The Special Trees of the Tamar Valley’ to celebrate this. They are available from the Tamar Valley Centre, and best of all they are FREE! 

shannah-hayley-hands-marketingAs the project draws to a close, we would like your feedback on the impact and importance of volunteering in the Tamar Valley. Click here to fill in a quick and easy survey form (it won’t take more than 5 minutes) – whether you have volunteered with us or not, or even if you don’t live in the Valley, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Thank you. 


DSCF0004We have found a folder of photos of packing sheds and other market gardening related structures in the Tamar Valley AONB, apparently taken in 2002. The problem is that none of them are labelled so we don’t know where they are! Can you help us? Follow the link to an online Flickr album to look at the photos, and for details of how to get in touch.



2015 was the 20th anniversary of the designation of the Tamar Valley AONB, and as part of the celebrations we ran a photographic competition looking back at the Valley even further in time. We asked local people to take ‘now’ photographs of a series of images from the past 200 years, and showed them as a slideshow as part of our ‘Hidden Valley’ exhibition in December 2015. Now, you can watch it whenever you like…


bench 08We have regular conservation task days at various heritage sites across the Tamar Valley including the mining sites on the Tamar Trails, at Wacker Quay and Kit Hill.

The April-June programme of opportunities with the Tamar Community Trust and Cormac is available here. These dates can now be found on our events calendar (link above).

To book please call the AONB team on 01822 835030 or email (unless stated otherwise)

If you are interested in finding out more about the project, please contact Samantha Barnes (Helping Hands for Heritage Project Officer) at the Tamar Valley AONB office – 01822 835032

Visit our Facebook page so you can see what we have been up to so far!

Helping Hands for Heritage is funded through an ‘Our Heritage’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Match funding has been given by Tamar Valley AONB, the Cornwall & West Devon Mining Landscape WHS, Devon County Council, Tamar Community Trust, Calstock Parish Council and Buckland Monachorum Parish Council. These organisations, plus many more, have also pledged their support.