Nov 19 2019

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

  • TishJohnson

    Are there any interviews with the winners? We’d like to know why they won and what we did wrong!

    November 21, 2019 at 11:31 am
  • JamesLow

    I notice Tish that there has been no response from HQ to you comment.
    Personally, I think thse new awards are somehat divisive. I am not sure if the idea is to generate competition between volunteer groups but it does seem to have the affect of pitting volunteer group against volunteer group.
    What is badly missing if the trust wants dialogue and feedback from its many volunteers is an online forum that would allow volunteers to communicate (exchanging thoughts, ideas and information) with each other, with staff, with management and even with the Board of Trustees. I think too that it would be a much more valuable tool for the Trust than the proposed volunteer panel in terms of investing in volunteers.

    November 29, 2019 at 4:31 pm
  • Paul Taylor

    Hi Tish, apologises I only spotted this last night, half the team is currently on leave at the moment. We will be sharing more details of the winners over the next week in individual articles. We have had the benefit of video case studies in the last couple of years which we were already produced by this point.
    James – I will add your comments into our feedback.

    December 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm
  • JamesLow

    I am not sure what that means, Paul.

    December 7, 2019 at 9:31 pm
  • JamesLow

    Paul, touching further on my latter point, when will information about those volunteers who have been appointed by the Trust to the national volunteer panel to represent the body of volunteers be made known? What type of matters will the panel be discussing and voting on? Will the agenda and minutes of the panel meetings be available to volunteers?

    December 9, 2019 at 8:15 am

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