A celebration of volunteering!
This weekend was our annual celebration of volunteering the National Volunteer Awards.
The 2019 Volunteer awards were hosted at Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire.
The Gothic mansion was built in 1863 as a county house for the Manners-Sutton family. It was designed by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott with gardens by Victorian landscape architect William Nesfield.
Nominations for volunteers were received from across the country and everyone nominated was invited to the three course celebratory meal. The awards were presented afterwards by Chair Barbara Young.
Volunteers also heard from Director of Brand and Communications Ruth Hyde and CEO Darren Moorcroft and each took home a branded reusable water bottle and a native Rowan sapling.
Congratulations to the award winners who were:
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). – Keith Wilkinson
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. Philippa Batchelor
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. David Rodway
Willow Award – this award is for woodland volunteer groups that have achieved exceptional results in their work carried out on our estate. Bramingham wood woodland working group
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 Erin McKeown. Unfortunately Erin was unable to make it to the event so the award was collected on her behalf by Peter Lyons.
Sapling Award – The schools award is a nomination for a pupil at a school registered on the Green Tree Schools Award and demonstrates that pupil’s commitment to engaging the whole school with woods and trees. Callie T. Unfortunately Callie and her teacher were unable to make it to the event so the award was collected by our Schools and Communities Engagement Manager – Karen Letten.
Volunteer Manager – This award recognises volunteer managers that have gone the extra mile to provide support to their volunteers. Neil Oxley. Unfortunately Neil was tree planting with his volunteers and was unable to make the event, his award was collected by Nigel Balding a valued volunteer of Neil’s who nominated him for the award.
Charter Branch Award – To recognise the excellent work of Charter Branch’s and the special contribution made by a Charter Branch’s to engage members of their community in strengthening the connection between people and trees Tree Wardens – Wakefield
Thank you to everyone who came along to support the awards and our wonderful volunteers