Jun 01 2019

Happy National Volunteering Week! 1-7 June 2019

Happy National Volunteering Week!

On behalf of the Wales team, let me take this opportunity to say a massive “Thank you!” for all your time and effort.

Your contributions allow us to maximise the benefit of our work to woods and trees.

We are lucky enough to have 170 volunteers in Wales – a growing number of you are stepping up to give your time and voice to help trees.

There are currently 18 different roles represented in Wales of the 46 possible volunteer roles the trust has to offer.

Whether you are helping maintain our woods, representing us at events or acting as our eyes and ears on the ground… we are very grateful to have you as part of the team!

Don’t forget to nominate a fellow volunteer for Volunteer of the Year Awards…


This is your opportunity to help us recognise the value that volunteers add to the Trust. Don’t put off your nominations until the last week, nominations close on the 28th June, no entries after this date will be eligible.


As volunteers you can nominate other volunteers you feel go above and beyond in their roles at the Trust, you can also nominate Staff members in the Volunteer Manager of the Year award.


The categories have changed slightly from last year. So please look at the detail carefully to pick the right category before nominating. Each nomination carries a maximum word count of 500 words; any nomination over this will not be eligible so please check this before submitting your nominations.


We hope to see all regions, countries and networks represented in the nominations this year.


This year’s event will be once again in November, venue to be confirmed.


Videos: in the last couple of years we have produced case studies videos of some of our nominees and winners. We now have over 25 case study videos; we will not be producing case study videos for this year’s nominees or winners. So if you or the volunteer you have nominated don’t get a call to be filmed it doesn’t mean you haven’t won. We will still be using the medium of video during the event just in a different way to previous years.


We have categories for every kind of volunteering role, details below;


Bluebell Award – this award is for those individual volunteers that stand out for their work in our woodlands providing practical support and care being the guardian of our woods and trees on the ground (couples that work together are also accepted in this category).


Oak Award – this award is to recognise the volunteer roles within the office and home environments and the value they contribute. This could be administration, mentoring, training or research roles.


Juniper Award – this award recognises those volunteers that provide their voice or time to protect or raise awareness of woods and trees. Such as volunteer roles that champion our cause such as super campaigners, threat detectors, volunteer speakers and photographers.


Willow Award – this award is for woodland volunteer groups that have achieved exceptional results in their work carried out on our estate.


Hazel Award – this award recognises the contribution of a new volunteer that has joined the organisation within the last 12 months and made a significant impact.


Volunteer Manager Award – this award recognises volunteer managers that have gone the extra mile to provide support to their volunteers.


All nomination forms should be returned to the National Volunteering Team at volunteering@woodlandtrust.org.uk before the 28th June.

We can’t wait to read your nominations!

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