How did the project help us here at Saltram?
The project had three key areas of focus at Saltram: Extending, Improving and Research
The exisiting Orchard here at Saltram was one of the key focus areas to re-purpose for nature. New fruiting trees were planted in the orchard which will one day provide a space for communities to harvest crops. An engagement classroom space has also been built, which will provide a space for local young people and schools to further engage in nature outdoors.
Existing and new habitats were improved by building a nature corridor along the top of the estate where the 'old road' into Saltram once was. The corridoor has not only provided a new home to flora and fauna, but it has also been the home to some amazing artwork from students at the University Arts College Plymouth.
Lots of research has taken place into some of the 'lost gardens' here at Saltram. The main one being the lost valley garden along the Dell walk. This work will help with future projects to re-instate this area and tell the stories of this garden to visitors coming to the estate. In the future, this will provide improved visitor access and also helps people to connect with nature in a completely unspoilt natural environment.
Project catch-up webinar
You can learn a little more about some of the previous work that was done at Saltram in June 2021, by watching the National Trust Ranger Webinar,
In the webinar, the Saltram and Plymbridge Ranger team discussed a variety of ways that the Green Minds project was influencing their work. Topics ranged from peregrines, orchards and woodland management to volunteers and ecological surveying.
‘We’re thrilled to be part of this great project and looking forward to working with and learning more from our expert partners who provide so much knowledge, energy and exciting ideas to help people and organisations in Plymouth connect with nature.’
– Jez McDermott, General Manager, Saltram & Plymbridge
How can I get involved?
Even though the Green Minds Plymouth Project will come to and end from August 2023. There are various ways you can continue to help the National Trust and Saltram by volunteering here with us. Please check the volunteering website page and see how you can be part of our team.