Conserving and enhancing for all to enjoy

Our role

The Tamar Valley National Landscape is a partnership of community organisations and key agencies who collaborate to achieve our shared goals.

We work in a way that convenes, enables or delivers projects supporting the core needs of the area, helping to conserve our landscape’s natural beauty for nature and the benefit of all.

Why is the Tamar Valley a National Landscape
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Meet the team

A dedicated core team of staff, along with staff delivering the Tamara Landscape Partnership project, focus on the day-to-day work in conserving & enhancing the natural beauty of the Tamar Valley National Landscape.

They are based at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls.

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Sarah Gibson

Tamar Valley Manager

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Sarah Gibson

Tamar Valley Manager

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Steven Draper

Business Development Officer

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Steven Draper

Business Development Officer

I'm responsible for developing relationships and strategies that bring projects, partners and funding together. I enjoy living in the Tamar Valley with my family, pets and horse. In my spare time I manage my garden for nature, love photography and am creating a locally themed model railway.
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Jane Hart

Project Officer

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Jane Hart

Project Officer

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Valerie Darwall

Project Officer

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Valerie Darwall

Project Officer

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Charlotte Dancer

Information & Comms Officer (p/t)

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Charlotte Dancer

Information & Comms Officer (p/t)

Hello! My role involves sharing news of the great work we do in conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of our landscape. If you’d like to receive monthly updates to find out the latest on project progress, volunteering opportunities and events to join in with, I’d love to hear from you. When not at work, you’ll find me walking my dog, gardening or trying out new coffee shops with my family! ☕
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Donna Watterson

Office and Finance Manager (p/t)

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Donna Watterson

Office and Finance Manager (p/t)

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Louise Barattini

Planning Advice Officer (p/t 1 day per week)

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Louise Barattini

Planning Advice Officer (p/t 1 day per week)

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Becky Butland

Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer

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Becky Butland

Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer

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Emma Jeffery

Farming in Protected Landscapes Admin Officer

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Emma Jeffery

Farming in Protected Landscapes Admin Officer

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Holly Roberts

Business Admin Apprentice L3

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Holly Roberts

Business Admin Apprentice L3

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Will Darwall

Tamara Manager

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Will Darwall

Tamara Manager

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Chris Harris

Monitoring and Reporting Officer

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Chris Harris

Monitoring and Reporting Officer

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Gary Lewis

Senior Heritage Officer

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Gary Lewis

Senior Heritage Officer

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Sarah Richardson

Land Management Officer

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Sarah Richardson

Land Management Officer

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Bryony James

Community and Volunteer Officer

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Bryony James

Community and Volunteer Officer

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Sabina Eberle

Communications Officer

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Sabina Eberle

Communications Officer

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Our Partners

The Tamar Valley National Landscape Partnership has a governance structure allowing all of its stakeholders to influence and oversee the development of policy within the Management Plan and action on the ground through the Delivery Plan.

There are effectively three levels of operation for the Tamar Valley National Landscape Partnership:

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The National Landscape team – comprising a core staff unit and additional project funded staff responsible for delivery and administration of the National Landscape Partnership and delivery plan

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The Executive Group – comprising the constituent Local Authorities for the National Landscape. Cornwall Council is currently the ‘Host’ authority with financial, line management and employment responsibility for the core staff unit (and other project staff as appropriate). This group has overall/executive financial responsibility for the National Landscape Partnership and Staff Unit.  The Executive also has elected non-Council representatives from the National Landscape Partnership.

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The Partnership – responsible for guiding, advising and supporting the National Landscape team and Core Funders Group through the production and delivery of the National Landscape Management Plan.
The National Landscape Partnership is comprised of representatives from;

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Cornwall Council

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Devon County Council

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West Devon Borough Council

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Plymouth City Council

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South Hams District Council

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Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

We are responsible for improving and protecting the environment. We aim to grow a green economy and sustain thriving rural communities. We also support our world-leading food, farming and fishing industries.

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Historic England

We are the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England's spectacular historic environment. We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we've come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories they tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them.

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Natural England

We’re the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England. We help to protect and restore our natural world. Natural England is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

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Environment Agency

We work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development. The Environment Agency is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

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Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission increases the value of woodlands to society and the environment. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands.

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National Trust

As Europe’s largest conservation charity, we look after nature, beauty and history for everyone to enjoy. We do it with the help of millions of members, volunteers, staff and donors.

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Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum

The Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum (TECF) is a partnership of organisations and local authorities with statutory responsibility towards the management of the Plymouth Sound & Tamar Estuaries Marine Protected Area (MPA). TECF and its advisory groups – the Port of Plymouth Marine Liaison Committee (PPMLC) and the Wembury Voluntary Marine Conservation Area Advisory Group (WAG) – provide an effective and collaborative framework for managing the MPA whilst recognising the commercial, defence and recreational importance of the site.

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Westcountry Rivers Trust

We restore and protect the freshwater environments of the Westcountry for the benefit of people, wildlife and local economies. For 30 years, we have cared for the rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and estuaries of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and west Dorset. We work with people, businesses and the public sector to advance the understanding of freshwater habitats.

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Devon Wildlife Trust

Devon Wildlife Trust works for a countryside that buzzes with life, for thriving seas, for clean rivers and for more spaces for wildlife in cities and towns.

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Cornwall Wildlife Trust

one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK - believes in a wilder future for Cornwall, where our wildlife and wild places are cherished for all to enjoy. With the support of our members, we implement projects on land and at sea, conducting campaigns and managing wild spaces to ensure nature in Cornwall thrives for future generations.

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Tamar Community Trust

Tamar Community Trust is a local charity that supports and delivers projects benefiting nature, climate, people and place for the Tamar Valley National Landscape, in order to help conserve and enhance the area for everyone to enjoy.

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Visit Tamar Valley

Our Vision is to promote the Tamar Valley as a not to be missed destination in the South West, and increase visitor numbers and spend in this wonderful landscape that bridges Devon and Cornwall

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Drawn to the Valley

The Drawn to the Valley group of artists was formed in 2004 by the artists and creatives themselves. It is a focal point for well established professional artists, talented amateurs and beginners.

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National Farmers Union

The National Farmers Union is the most successful representation body for agriculture and horticulture in England and Wales. Our purpose is to champion British agriculture and horticulture, to campaign for a stable and sustainable future for British farmers.

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Country Land Business Association

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales.

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Calstock Parish Council

Representing parish councils from Cornwall

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Devon Parish Councils Representative

Representing parish councils from Devon

Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce

Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce is the largest network of businesses in the South West – small, medium and large organisations who want to be better at business

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Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership

We are a non-profit partnership between local authorities, the railway and the University of Plymouth, where we are based.

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Friends of the Tamar Valley

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Plymouth University

A broad-based, research-intensive university, open to all who can benefit from a University of Plymouth education, and delivering excellent interdisciplinary research, experiential education and civic engagement.

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Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

World Heritage is the designation for places on Earth that are of Outstanding Universal Value to humanity and as such, have been inscribed on the World Heritage List to be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy

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Woodland Riders

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Transition Tavistock

Transition Tavistock seeks to bring our community together by sharing knowledge and practical ideas to use less energy and resources, grow more of our own food, and supply and buy more locally.

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Tavistock Woodlands Estate

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