The Fund was created for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to encourage individuals, community groups and businesses to work together to develop practical and sustainable solutions to the management of their activities. The Tamar Valley AONB awarded £5,000 to the successful projects this summer, following a panel meeting.
Twenty-three projects applied for funding from the Tamar Valley AONB – successful applicants demonstrated sustainable development, involved and supported local communities and helped to deliver the AONB Management Plan. Projects that were innovative and provided benefits to people and wildlife in the Valley were encouraged.
The range of projects supported includes a study into the impact of river recreation, by Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum, footpath extension in Sheviock parish, nature watching at Gulworthy School, community bread making in Buckland Monachorum and help with the Calstock to Cotehele ferry service – these projects (the part that the AONB has specifically funded) should all be completed by the end of December.
For a full list of successful projects, please visit www.tamarvalley.org.uk/care/sdf
The Tamar Valley AONB hope to offer the Sustainable Development Fund again next year. Keep a close eye on our website, Facebook and local press for more details. In the meantime, if your projects need funds now (£100 – £1000), check your eligibility with your local Community Chest Fund (Cornwall projects) – full details on our website, as above.