Roger honoured at Parliamentary awards
Volunteer Roger Parkinson was recently nominated for a Green Heart Hero Award. Whiles at the awards, Roger bumped into his MP Mary Creagh.
Roger who is a volunteer speaker, woodland creation champion and part of a Tree Charter branch was nominated in the ‘individual inspiration’ category. His work for woods and trees includes advising local schools and communities in Wakefield on tree planting and giving talks to community groups, schools, and businesses about the importance of woods and trees and the work of the Trust.
He is also Chairman of Tree Wardens Wakefield, helps to maintain Newmillerdam Country Park, and volunteers at Thornes Park Nursery, working with disadvantaged people, and engaging them in planting and caring for trees. Roger also worked with Featherstone Council to plant a memorial wood for all those killed in the First World War.
Mary Creagh MP, who was nominated for the ‘Longstanding Commitment to the Environment’ category, said “People like Roger, who work quietly year after year to maintain our beautiful parks and green spaces, are the backbone of organisations like the Woodland Trust.
Volunteering is a fantastic way to keep healthy, protect the environment, and put something back in your local community. I’d encourage everyone to follow Roger’s shining example.
It was a delight to meet Roger at the awards ceremony and to celebrate his prestigious nomination awards nomination with him.”
Roger said: “The only way we can make progress on climate change, and improve Wakefield’s environment, is by working together. Whether it is schools, businesses, the Council, or local people, when we have success it is as a community.
The Trust has a long standing and productive partnership with Wakefield Council which has resulted in a number of successful projects improving Green spaces.
Since 2007 we have planted 46,000 trees but the percentage of tree cover is still around 4%, well below the national average.
We have just started working together on the new Northern forest project.”
We want to say a massive well done to Roger for his nomination, it is very well deserved! Your can find out more about who else was nominated from the Trust in our blog here: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/03/green-heart-hero-awards/.