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Green Flag (Community) Award Yes, we’ve done it again!  We’ve just won our 12th consecutive award that shows we meet the global standard for well-managed open spaces.  This reflects the financial and voluntary effort that the Tarvin Community provides to keep it running.  Thank you, Tarvin.

Plant Sale 2021 It wasn’t the usual sunny weather, and Covid rules prevented use of the usual High Street location, but a successful plant sale was conducted from Andrews Close and Church Cottages on Saturday, May 15th.  Heather Exell and Jacqui Bradley had spent months of hard work and dedication to ensure that a wonderful selection of plants and hanging baskets was ready for sale.  The Tarvin community responded as usual and most plants were sold.  It had been agreed that, for this year the profit, after costs were recovered, would go to Tarvin Methodist Church (TMC) to help with its financial problems.  As a result, £1,250 went to TMC and, additionally,  donations worth £150 went to TMC and £150 to the Woodland.  Surplus plants will be available to buy at the Village Fete on Saturday, July 3rd and the Plant Sale will hopefully be back to its usual format, using TMC, in 2022.  Thank you Tarvin and thank you Jacqui and Heather.

Jim Grogan School Award 2021  The 2021 Wildlife and Countryside Award, initiated by Jim Grogan, has been awarded to Florence Lyne.  
Tarvinonline  We are lucky in Tarvin to have an on-line daily news web site.  It is always looking for news stories and there has been a good supply related to the Woodland this year.  To save you digging, here is a list of many such pieces.  Click on the links to access the full article in Tarvinonline.  The photos have been contributed by Keith Barker and the articles by Charles Bradley, Trustee.
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Green Flag Award:                                                                                                          [top of page]
Yet again, the woodland has won a Green Flag Community Award, the eleventh.  This year we have a “mystery shopper” inspection rather than the full, accompanied inspection carried out last year and next.  We will be given feedback that highlights both good points and areas requiring improvement.  The award reflects the hard work not only by the volunteer team but also the users who don’t leave litter or dog poo.  Thank you.

Pass a few hours: Click for pics taken in the woodland during 2020 and 2021

Our Annual Plant Sale 2020                                         Thank you, again, Tarvin!!
IAs a charity we have to raise money in order to operate and maintain the woodland to the standard that brings regular Green Flag awards. The main income comes from the annual plant sale and the Parish Council gives us a much valued £1,000 grant.  In 2020 we couldn’t hold our usual plant sale at the Methodist Church in the High Street but that didn’t deter the two key plant growers who ensure that we have plenty to sell each year.  Heather Exell and  Jacqui Bradley produced masses of plants and sold them from their gardens.  We raised over £1,100 and here you can see a write-up from Tarvinonline.
Welcome:                                                                                                                              [top of page]
The scheme to by-pass the village of Tarvin included screened open space between the village and the new road to reduce the impact of the road on the existing community.  Over the last twenty odd  years, a major village asset has been created from that space.  The Tarvin community has given over 10,000 hours of voluntary effort resulting in an area of woodland that now contains several hundred planted oak and other native hardwood trees together with a growing selection of wild flowers, birds and small animals.  Its footpaths, informal tracks and adjacent bridleway are well used.  Come and enjoy our living legacy.

The government published “Community-led spaces”, a guide for local authorities and community groups.  This woodland is used as a case study on page 28.   Click to download the booklet.

In Britain we have one of the most crowded, modified landscapes in the world.  Pressure on land continues to damage and fragment habitats of our native trees and wildflowers.  The creation of Tarvin Community Woodland is a long term environmental scheme to provide an area that allows native flora and fauna to flourish.  Please protect and enjoy the countryside and preserve it for future generations to come.

click to see the gates (pdf Document)

Come and use the main footpath
and the many informal tracks

Walks: A series of walks around Tarvin is now available for you to enjoy.  They vary from a walk around the central part of the village through medium walks of about 4 miles up to some of 10 miles, all with Tarvin as start and end point.  Click on the link to read about them and download details.

We are also listed in John Harris’s “Walking in Cheshire”, where there are free walks to download.

Help us. We are here as part of the community and do not have a monopoly of ideas so, if you can help or have ideas or suggestions then we want to know.  Alternatively, we may be able to help you based on our experiences.  [click to email us] 

Suppliers.  We use local suppliers like Darts Chester for sweatshirts, Easylife for tools and equipment,  Cestrian Signs for signage and Turner Groundscare for mowers.

Donations.  If you’d like to help us then  click here. You could sponsor a bird box for £30.

Tarvin Civic Trust supported the Conservation Area in the Village Centre and other aspects of the village’s built environment for 70 years.  Due to a lack of volunteers to run it, it has been disbanded.    Click for more info.

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