The Tamar Valley is still a landscape of small medieval fields, narrow gateways and lanes.
This means that for many smaller farmers and landowners managing their grassland and meadows can be challenging as modern contractors drive very large tractors and are often too busy to be able to cut grass or hay when needed. The Tamar Grow Local team are passionate about meadow restoration and managing grassland to maximise diversity of plant and insect species.
Through a Farming in Protected Landscapes grant they have been able to buy a range of small-scale machinery including a brush harvester, a small round hay baler and tedder and a trailer for transporting them from farm to farm. This summer these machines will be working on a number of test sites with the plan being that in 2023 Tamar Grow Local will coordinate making them available to local farmers and small landholders through a small machinery contract hub.
Together, the AONB and Tamar Grow Local are hoping to develop wildflower seed donation sites across the Valley and engage some enthusiastic volunteers to help harvest and process seed or green hay which we hope will ultimately lead to many new diverse wildflower meadows appearing in our landscape. If you already have a wildflower meadow that could be a potential seed donor site or are thinking of restoring or creating a meadow and need advice do get in touch via email@example.com. We would love to hear from you.