Cordiale – shape the future of the valley

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The Tamar Valley is a gem, but how will the landscape and the people fare in future?

The results of the Cordiale project will now be used to inform the management of the AONB, by understanding how the landscape of the valley has evolved and changed (for both good and bad) and helping us to recognise what is important about it. The project’s outcomes will work towards making the landscape and livelihoods more resilient, considering the challenges of climate change, dwindling fossil fuels and globalisation.

Cordiale officially concluded in September 2013, and all of our outputs are available on this webpage, and on the Cordiale ‘Toolkit’ webpage too.


We have delivered our part of the project through four ‘field trials’ focusing on woodfuel, local food, biodiversity and the historic environment, and planning for the future. Below is just a selection of what we’ve been up to. Much of our work has gone towards creating a series of tools and case stories which can be used by anyone.

  • Developed a woodfuel audit toolkit for farmers and landowners to assess the amount of woodfuel that could be harvested from their woodlands and hedges. The toolkit can be accessed here. We also were involved in events at Stourtown Farm and North Devon all about the value of hedges for farmers and woodfuel users.  Contact us for more information.
  • Worked with consultants and communities to put together a toolkit for setting up a Community Supported Woodlands group. This can be downloaded here.
  • Hedge survey: Around 40 volunteers signed up to survey the Tamar Valley’s significant hedges, resulting in almost 200 completed survey forms. All of the data has been collated and we will be writing a report of our findings. The report is now available to download here. A map showing all the hedges we surveyed can be downloaded as a PDF here. The results are also available as a ‘clickable’ GIS dataset; for more information contact us!
  • A free training event for parish councillors in Clearbrook and Buckland Monachorum to discover more about landscape character, biodiversity and historic buildings; & how you can influence decisions affecting where you live.
  • Harvesting Time: Artists created a contemporary piece to celebrate the community and heritage of the valley – a collaboration with Drawn to the Valley. Find out more in our HARVESTING TIME STORYBOARD. Our ‘Harvesting Time’ film shows recollections of life and landscape in the Tamar Valley; please tell us what you think.


  • Tamar Valley Food Hubs: To find out where you can buy fantastic local produce from the Tamar Valley, use the food map on the Tamar Grow Local website. Or shop online through Tamar Valley Food Hubs! A report about how the hubs were devised, developed and delivered can be read or downloaded here.
  • @Diarykeepers: Thank you to everyone who took part in Diarykeepers throughout June 2012; we received 90 diaries and held a successful community play in St Dominick in October. Typed-up versions of the diaries are available at the Calstock Parish Archive at Albaston Cemetery Chapel for anyone to view. Please watch our beautiful and moving film and tell us what you think.


  • We held two BioBlitzes at the Pentillie estate in September 2012 and April 2013.  300 people attended the September event (including 100 children from local schools) and identified 227 species. Some of the photos are on our Facebook page.
  • What’s in your back garden? Over the 21-22 July 2012, residents in Bere Alston village dug a pit to look for history in their back gardens as part of the Festival of British Archaeology. The event was a success with over 40 people taking part over the weekend, and 36 children from Bere Alston Primary School digging on Wednesday 18th July. You can read more about it as it happened in our Cordiale blog; the link is above. The assessment report can be read or downloaded here, and the finds are available to view by contacting the Tamar Valley Centre. A small exhibition of 5 ‘pop up’ banners is available to borrow for events and festivals; contact us for more information.

    Bere Alston archaeology exhibition during the Spring Trails Festival 2013
  • Disseminated the results of our work alongside our partners at a final conference in Finistere in June 2013.


1. To restore orchards and market gardens to the Tamar Valley landscape by re-establishing local supply chains



2. To increase public understanding of landscape evolution and produce spatial plans for two parishes for the conservation of the natural and historic environment.


3. Work with people in two parishes to define the changes in land use and management that would make us more resilient to climate change and rising fuel and food prices


4. To secure the characteristic landscape of hedges and woods by creating a viable new market for wood fuel




It’s a collaboration between the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and teams from other protected landscapes in southwest England and northwest France.

For more information about the project contact the Tamar Valley AONB team on

t: 01822 835032  e:

Tamar Valley Centre, Cemetery Road, Drakewalls, Gunnislake, PL18 9FE

Cordiale was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF


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