The Tamar Valley AONB team last week launched their exciting new project, Helping Hands for Heritage, after securing £93,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in April and an additional £32,700 in match funding from partners for this 2-year project.
Around 60 delegates representing funders, partners, volunteers, and local residents joined the celebrations at the Tamar Valley Centre, where plans for the project were revealed. Those attending pledged their support for, and commitment to, the project by hanging a cut-out hand onto a tree branch, before tucking into a delicious pasty lunch made by Helluva Pies, Callington and distributed through Tamar Grow Local’s food hub.
Tamar Valley AONB Project Officer, Sam Barnes, explains; “The Helping Hands for Heritage project will develop and support a trained volunteer taskforce within the Tamar Valley AONB by bringing together a range of organisations already established within the area, and offering opportunities for training and new volunteers. These will include community events to discover more about the Valley’s vernacular buildings, and surveys of butterflies, woodland creatures, trees and much more. We are looking forward to getting this project going!”
Working within a partnership of other organisations in the Tamar Valley, the AONB team aims to build the capacity of the ‘Valley Volunteers’ as a thriving, skilled and knowledgeable volunteer taskforce to help address some of the identified loss and damage to the varied heritage of the area.
Keep checking local press for details of events and activities coming soon, or like us on Facebook at /helpinghandsforheritage.