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.


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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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