Jul 23 2018

Volunteer of the Year – who can you nominate?

Nominations for the Volunteer of the Year close on Sunday 29th July. 


Do you volunteer with anyone who you think is worthy of an award? Is there anyone who springs to mind that goes above and beyond and should be nationally recognised? If so please nominate them for Volunteer of the Year using the form below.



Andrew Steele was the winner of last years Acorn Award – this is for volunteers who inspire other volunteers, they can be in any role from photographers to working groups. He was nominated by 5 other members of the Heartwood group.


Andrew  walks round a fixed route at Heartwood which takes him about 90 minutes every week from April to end September. During his walks he identifies and counts every butterfly he sees.  He has been doing this since 2010, so last year was the 8th year and he now has a fantastic record of our butterflies at Heartwood Forest and how the numbers have increased.  Andrew has identified 27 species, and shown that in the first 6 years butterfly numbers increased 3-fold (then a small decrease in 2016, which was a nationwide effect of the wet weather).  He also takes superb photos of the butterflies, birds and other insects which are used at the Heartwood Forest Annual Summer Festival.  His guided walks are extremely popular, with 14 – 16 species identified in a typical walk.


Chloe a fellow group member had this to say about him ‘His hard work, dedication, talent and effort are an inspiration to us all. He does this alongside working, and as a young man, can inspire younger people to get involved in helping the Woodland Trust.’


Watch the video of Andrew in action here

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