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:


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

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