BBC presenter Rob Penn to encourage community supported woodlands

Rob Penn will be talking about his experiences at the Tamar Valley Centre

Rob Penn will be talking about his experiences at the Tamar Valley Centre - Credit: Archant

Join Rob Penn, writer and woodsman, and presenter of the inspirational BBC4 series, Tales from the Wild Wood, at the Tamar Valley Centre, near Gunnislake, on Saturday 1 February.

Rob will be hosting an evening discussion which will look at his experience of bringing part of an abandoned woodland in the Black Mountains back to life and how engagement between local communities and landowners can help to conserve and enhance these valuable assets.

It is a great opportunity for members of the public to hear directly about Rob’s experiences, ask any burning questions and meet other like-minded local woodland enthusiasts.

The event has been organised jointly by the Tamar Community Trust and Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team.

Corinna Woodall, Tamar Valley AONB Manager, explains why it’s so important for the Tamar Valley; “The UK, and in particular the South West of England, is characterised by small parcels of woodland. These represent a valuable natural resource, but are often undermanaged due to their size and loss of economic viability”.

Dave Readman from the Tamar Community Trust adds; “It will be really exciting to hear Rob’s views and suggestions on how we can move forward in the Valley with this idea”.

The talk begins at 7pm. Places are limited and strictly by booking only, so please reserve your place now by contacting the Tamar Valley AONB team. Tel: 01822 835030 or email:

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The following morning, there will also be an opportunity to visit a local woodland that is being brought back under management, with Rob. This will be a great chance to find out more about Community Supported Woodlands.

If weather permits we will try out some practical work in the wood. Places are limited so please book in for this.

Date: Sunday February 2nd; Cleave Woods, Weir Quay, Bere Alston; 11am to 2pm

Meet: entrance to Cleave Woods, just above Weir Quay on the road to Bere Alston, PL20 7BT. Parking beside the road is limited, so you may need to park near Weir Quay and walk up.