Meet Keith… our Bluebell Award winner
Keith Wilkinson was the winner of the Bluebell Award at the 2019 National Volunteer Awards.
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 has been a volunteer with the Woodland Trust since 1985 when he volunteered to help with the first WT appeal to raise funds to buy the first 25 acres of Nidd Gorge.
As well as being a woodland Trust volunteer he was instrumental in setting up Bilton Conservation Volunteers, a practical group who also carry out practical conservation work on the Nidd Gorge site. In 1992 Keith took on a volunteer role as WT Champion, heading up the second successful WT appeal to buy another 110 acres of Nidd Gorge.
Keith has worked and campaigned tirelessly over the years for the Nidd Gorge site, to ensure its ongoing management and protection. He is the Woodland Trusts eyes and ears on the ground and what he doesn’t know about the site isn’t worth knowing. He patrols, surveys, protects and campaigns.
Keith is a great campaigner and has recently supporter the woods under threat team with advice and support around the proposed Harrogate relief road which could affect Nidd Gorge. Keith has supported many of our national campaigns
Keith is still now leader of the Bilton Conservation volunteers group, volunteer warden and speaker and still regularly supports Legacy Events, other site events and open days at the site as well as annually volunteering with WT at the Great Yorkshire Show and, in his spare time, delivering talks as a speaker for WT, which he has done for the last 10 years.