Cotswold voluntary wardens given Queen’s Award
A team of voluntary wardens who support the work of the Cotswolds Conservation Board have been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest accolade given to volunteer groups in the UK.
The Queen’s Award recognises outstanding work done by the volunteers in their own communities.
Head Warden, John Shaw, and Volunteering Coordinator, Rebecca Jones, both attended the Queen’s Garden Party to celebrate all 2018 award winners.
Local projects have included the unveiling of a new information board in the garden of The Dog, Old Sodbury, where three trails meet; the Jubilee Way to Severn, the Frome Valley Way to Bristol and the Cotswold Way. There’s also been scrub clearance at Old Sodbury Hill Fort. Working parties are often seen working in the area repairing and restoring dry stonewalls, maintaining the labyrinth of paths and by-ways, coppicing woodland and planting trees. Wardens also lead regular guided walks, and ‘Tuesday Tramps’.
Martin Lane, Director of the Cotswolds Conservation Board, said: “The Cotswolds Voluntary Wardens put in over 48,000 hours of work this year, across a diverse range of projects – so this award and the garden party were a wonderful recognition of their dedication to this beautiful region. We look forward to seeing what they achieve over the next 12 months!”
2018 is the 50th anniversary of the Volunteer Wardens in the Cotswolds AONB. John Shaw, Head Warden, said: “This award recognises fifty years of commitment and achievement in making the Cotswolds a great place to be, thanks to the passion, creativity and drive of our voluntary wardens. For half this time we have truly appreciated the tireless guidance, support & encouragement of our Coordinator Becky Jones.”