for July 2018

Cotswolds A.O.N.B. Voluntary Wardens
Given Queen’s Award

 

The team of Voluntary Wardens who support the work of the Cotswolds Conservation Board have recently been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

Our Head Warden, John Shaw, and our Volunteering Coordinator, Rebecca Jones, both attended the Queen’s Garden Party on 31st May in celebration of all 2018 award winners.

Martin Lane, Director of the Cotswolds Conservation Board, said, ‘The Cotswolds Voluntary Wardens put in over 48,000 hours of work this year, across a diverse range of projects – so this award and the garden party were a wonderful recognition of their dedication to this beautiful region. We look forward to seeing what they achieve over the next 12 months!’.

John Shaw, Head Warden, said, ‘This award recognises fifty years of commitment and achievement in making the Cotswolds a great place to be, thanks to the passion, creativity and drive of our Voluntary Wardens. For half this time we have truly appreciated the tireless guidance, support & encouragement of our Coordinator, Becky Jones’.

2018 is the 50th anniversary of the Volunteer Wardens in the Cotswolds AONB and the celebratory theme is education and reaching the next generation to care for the Cotswolds. The Wardens have been working in education for over 10 years and this year the Cotswolds Conservation Board has funded a free activities folder with more fantastic opportunities than ever for schools to access the Cotswolds.

Education is but one portion of the work undertaken by the Avon Valley District Voluntary Wardens. Working Parties can often be seen in our area repairing and restoring dry stonewalls, maintaining the labyrinth of paths and by-ways, coppicing woodland and planting trees.

Meanwhile, monthly-guided walks are lead by the Wardens such as the Tuesday Tramp out of Colerne.

The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens are keen to recruit new members to continue this valuable work. For more information please take a look at our website: www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/looking-after/volunteering

Barry Cox, Avon Valley District Publicity Officer