Tamar Valley AONB awards Sustainable Development Fund to grass-roots projects


This year’s Sustainable Development Fund, accessed through the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team, was last week awarded to five projects in the area.

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 was allocated £5,000 this year. The funding is used by most projects as match-funding and helps release additional value.

Five projects applied for funding from the Tamar Valley AONB. All were granted funding, following a panel meeting last week.

Dan Cooke, AONB Manager says, “Despite a notable reduction in applications this year as a result of the recent lockdowns, Tamar Valley AONB is pleased to be able to support a good range of grass-roots projects helping communities, local wildlife and some of our special places.  Thanks to all those who applied, we look forward to seeing the grants put to good purpose”.

The projects supported this year include a wildlife pond, volunteer training programme and teaching people about plant identification. A full list can be seen here. The parts of the projects specifically funded through the AONB, should be completed by the end of January 2022.

The Tamar Valley AONB team hopes to offer the Sustainable Development Fund again next year. Keep a close eye on our website, Facebook & Twitter (@TVAONB) and local press for more details.


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