Over 250 Volunteers sought for innovative community events in Tamar Valley

A family peering into a pond

Over 250 volunteers are sought by the Tamara Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to support a host of innovative events and create a brighter future for the Tamar Valley and its communities.

The events and activities which will range from yoga for wellbeing to monitoring the water quality of the Tamar Valley and supporting school visits, will be a first for the Valley, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) bordering Devon and Cornwall. Although many volunteers already give their time in the AONB, one of the priorities of this new scheme is to improve the wellbeing and job prospects of people living in and around the Valley and an events and activity programme is being developed with that in mind.

Sammy Fraser, Tamara Landscape Partnership Community and Volunteering Officer explains:

“Many volunteers already help to look after the Tamar Valley, but this new broader range of volunteering opportunities and events mean that everyone – children, young people and adults, can get involved with something fun, educational or enriching. The events programme will offer really exciting and quirky opportunities to get involved from art sessions; protecting nature to finding out more about the fascinating heritage of the Valley.’’ 

It is hoped that in total over 250 volunteers will get involved over the 5 years of the scheme. Currently the Tamara Scheme is recruiting for Walk Leaders, Event Assistants and Citizen Scientists. 

Citizen Scientists will help to look after the rivers in the Tamar Valley, their habitats and wildlife and the water resource by monitoring the river for problem plants to pollution. Full training will be given by the Westcountry Rivers Trust. 

Event Assistants will help with the running of new large-scale festivals and BioBlitz’s, bat walks, film nights, winter talks, yoga sessions and more.

The Walk Leaders will lead walks designed to improve people’s physical and mental well-being by helping them to reconnect with nature and heritage and to overcome social isolation.  These events will take place in affiliation with Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership

For more information visit contact Sammy Fraser, Community and Volunteering Officer Tel: 07522 709 428 /Email: samantha.fraser@cornwall.gov.uk

The Tamara Landscape Partnership Scheme is working in the Tamar Valley with farmers, landowners and communities to manage and enhance landscapes rich in wildlife, as well as cultural and historic heritage; to help improve access to special places and promote ways for people to enjoy the landscape whilst improving their health and wellbeing. Apprenticeships and internships to improve job prospects and providing support for local businesses is also a key part of the scheme.

With match-funding commitments from other partners, the total to be invested across the Tamar Valley landscape is £3.2 million. Through 10 specific projects, at least 250 activity sessions will take place to improve mental and physical health & wellbeing; 50 hectares of woodland will be restored; 10 hectares of trees will be planted and 5 new orchards will be created. Find out more at: www.tamaralandscapepartnership.org.uk

Media Contact:

Sabina Eberle (Mon-Weds)

Communications Officer

Tel: 07522 709 302

Email: sabina.eberle@cornwall.gov.uk


Sammy Fraser (Mon-Fri)

Community and Volunteering Officer

Tel: 07522 709 428

Email: Samantha.fraser@cornwall.gov.uk

Notes to Editors:

  • Key funders are the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Cornwall Council, Devon County Council, Environment Agency, Historic England, the AONB itself and the Woodland Trust.

Key details of the Tamara Landscape Partnership Scheme include: 

  • Apprenticeships and internships to improve job prospects and to provide support for local businesses 
  • Advice and grants for farmers to reinstate landscapes and maintain traditional skills
  • Community allotments with training opportunities and reintroduction of heritage varieties
  • Social prescribing, including walking, running, art and bush craft
  • Opportunities and support for local businesses as the Tamar Valley strives to become the destination for a low-carbon, sustainable holiday
  • Benefits for walkers as the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail will be extended to reach the coast

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund:

  • Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk. 
  • Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund  
  • Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.

About The Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership

  • The Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership works to promote the rural branch lines in both counties and is a non-profit partnership between local authorities, including Devon County Council, Cornwall Council, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth University and Great Western Railway. www.dcrp.org.uk 

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