The River Tamar lies within south-west England; it is a sizable catchment, covering around 1.8 km2 with a residential population of 300,000 (most residing in the urban areas of Plymouth and Saltash). The River Tamar forms the boundary between Devon and Cornwall and rises in the hills of north Devon, flowing southwards for 78 km before entering Plymouth Sound and the English Channel. The catchment landscape is highly varied, with the main upland areas found in the east of the catchment where Dartmoor dominates the headwaters of the rivers Thrushel, Lyd, Tavy, Yealm and Plym, and in the west where the rivers Ottery, Kensey, Inney and Lynher all find their origins on Bodmin Moor.
The catchment is predominantly rural; around three-quarters of the land is used for farming. The remainder of the land is used for many different habitats including woodland, blanket bog, heathland and mires.
My Tamar – the Tamar is part of all of us
Over 200 people attended the Tamar Festival, funded by in October. Set in the picturesque Cotehele Quay in the Tamar catchment, the festival kicked off a whole series of events to celebrate the Tamar and allow those living in the valley to share their stories and experiences. It is part of WaterLIFE’s ambition to encourage different communities to get involved and excited about their water environment.
The festival comes after a summer of roadshows, where residents, community groups and businesses where invited to share their photos and stories and to paint their own interpretation of the River Tamar.
To find out more and keep up to date with other events, visit the My Tamar website.