The priorities remain constant, regardless of the specific project.

  • Encourage and support volunteering, to enable local people to take part in managing the TVAONB landscape.
  • Raise awareness, champion and help to deliver the TVAONB Management Plan priorities and support their team.
  • Share resources to make the maximum use of skills available to deliver the best results to the TVAONB and the community.
  • Ensure that the Trust’s projects are consistent with the TVAONB Management Plan.
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Aims

  • Support the Tamar Valley National Landscape in delivering its management plan.
  • Undertake projects to enhance the landscape and improve biodiversity.
  • Support and engage with the local communities and connect them to their landscape.
  • Create a sustainable basis for the Trust’s activities.
  • Improve the skills and build the ability and confidence of volunteers.
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Our Current Projects

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Calstock Wetlands

TCT has a 99 year lease on the fabulous 11 hectare wetlands nature reserve and a maintenance agreement with Calstock Parish Council for the bridge and the footpath. TCT also delivers educational visits to the wetlands.

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Wacker Quay

Maintaining this historic waterfront location and trail for the benefit of nature and for all to enjoy.

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Tamar Trails

TCT has a contract with West Devon District Council to maintain the trails. TCT also maintains the Pentillie permissive pathway and assets around the Tamar Valley Centre

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South Hooe

Supporting the development of a new nature reserve and intertidal wetland on the Bere peninsular

South Hooe
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Supporting Nature Projects

TCT supports the Tamar Valley National Landscape with a community science project looking for Hazel Dormouse and celebrating daffodils with Heralds of Spring

Jane Kiely

Chair

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Jane Kiely

Chair

Jane has been a Trustee since 2012, serving as Secretary and, presently, Chair. Jane’s main interest is access for the public to enjoy the outdoors. She is a keen rambler, and upon moving to the Tamar Valley, found herself leading walks in the area for Plymouth Ramblers, and volunteering at the National Trust’s Cotehele property. Since joining the Tamar Community Jane has been instrumental in the creation of the trail at Wacker Quay, ongoing maintenance of the Tamar Trails and, more recently, in the completion of the newly created Calstock Wetlands, bridge and river path in a partnership between Tamar Community Trust, Calstock Parish Council, the Tamar Valley National Landscape and the Environment Agency.
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Gill White

Treasurer

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Gill White

Treasurer

Gill has enjoyed the Tamar Valley for many years; not only walking the dog but also pony and trap driving. Gill has taken great pleasure in helping with the Tavistock Driving for the Disabled pony and trap along the Tamar Trails. Her love of nature and enthusiasm for the outdoor life and hands on approach meant she joined the Trust to help maintain the network of pathways it is responsible for. However, her expertise as a retired solicitor with a particular knowledge of charities, finance and land law, has often led her to contribute to the Trust in a different way.
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Richard Davies

Trustee

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Richard Davies

Trustee

Richard graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Sussex where he was lucky enough to work on the red deer project on the Isle of Rhum. A career in financial services followed, which took him all over the world. Since living in the Tamar valley, Richard has involved himself in community matters, such as bringing Full Fibre Broadband into Luckett, where he lives. He is also a parish councillor with a keen interest in mitigating the effects of climate change on the community. He hopes to use his business skills in sales and marketing to support the Trust’s objectives.
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Fleur Forer

Trustee - Tamar Trails

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Fleur Forer

Trustee - Tamar Trails

Fleur and her family moved to Devon in 2013 and bought a small holding in the Tamar Valley. She is a qualified British Horse Society riding instructor who owns two horses and a pony and regularly rides on the Tamar Trails with her two dogs in tow. Her love for the Tamar Trails and this special area led her to become a Trustee.
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Michael Francis

Trustee

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Michael Francis

Trustee

Michael is a geographer who graduated from Exeter University and then taught Geography in Gloucestershire, South Australia and Powys. He retired to Aberdaron, a small village at the western end of the Llyn Peninsular in Gwynedd, where he helped start up a company providing walking holidays following the Llyn coastal footpath. Committee experience with Snowdonia NP, North Wales Tourist Board, Dwyfor Access Forum and ten years as executive vice-chair of the Bardsey Island Trust. Michael’s interests are landscape history and glaciation of Dartmoor.
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Ian Mitchell

Trustee

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Ian Mitchell

Trustee

Ian has spent most of his life in south and west Devon and moved to the Tamar Valley in the early 2000s. Ian is a retired structural engineer and became involved with the TCT to help with the design and construction of the bridge in Calstock Wetlands. He has always had an interest in wildlife and the outdoors and is looking forward to working on future projects with TCT.
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Chris Smart

Trustee

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Chris Smart

Trustee

Chris is a landscape archaeologist at the University of Exeter who, since 2006, has spent much of his time researching and working within the Tamar Valley, notably on the medieval silver mines of the Bere Peninsula and the Roman fort at Calstock. Since moving to the Tamar Valley in 2019, Chris’s passion for the heritage of this special landscape has widened to include all facets of its past, from the depths of Prehistory to relatively recent mining and market gardening. Chris hopes to benefit the Tamar Community Trust with his knowledge of local heritage, community engagement and volunteering, and grant raising.
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Peter Thompson

Trustee - Wetlands & Safeguarding

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Peter Thompson

Trustee - Wetlands & Safeguarding

Pete grew up in Tavistock where he spent much of his youth walking Dartmoor and re-discovered the Tamar Valley when moving here at the turn of the century. Pete loves exploring the river by canoe looking out for the rich wildlife. Retiring after 25 years working overseas as a hydrographic surveyor, Pete joined the Trust. His main interest is the management of the Calstock Wetlands as a place for the public to enjoy, and as a field laboratory in the study of the changing ecology of the estuarine wetlands.
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Dave Wallis

Trustee

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Dave Wallis

Trustee

Dave has been a trustee since September 2021, with a special interest in the development and funding of the Calstock Wetlands. Dave has a background in Land and Hydrographic surveying, and retired from worldwide offshore work in 2015. Currently living in Calstock, his interests are walking, photography, birdlife, the history and industrial archaeology of the Tamar Valley and Dartmoor
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