Three in a row celebration for Wapley Bushes conservation group

August 12 2015

CONSERVATION volunteers are celebrating a hat-trick of awards for the way they look after the Wapley Bushes local nature reserve and orchard in Yate.

 

guided walkCONSERVATION volunteers are celebrating a hat-trick of awards for the way they look after the Wapley Bushes local nature reserve and orchard in Yate.
For the third consecutive year, the Green Flag Community Award has been presented to the Wapley Bushes Conservation Group, which manages the site on behalf of Dodington Parish Council. It was also the only project in South Gloucestershire to receive the accolade this year.
The award is given to recognise high quality public open spaces, which are judged on strict criteria such as horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
Parish councillor Paul Hulbert, who is a regular volunteer on the site, said: “We are very pleased to have achieved this important award for the third year running. We find the judge’s visit and feedback very useful as input to our management of the site.
“The award is a real tribute to our volunteers, who put in hundreds of man-hours each year to maintain the reserve and the orchard all year round.
“We could not have achieved this award again without the regular and enthusiastic support of Dodington Parish Council, together with technical advice from South Gloucestershire Council and the Wildlife Trust.”
Mr Hulbert said new volunteers were always welcome, with the next work morning planned for Sunday, September 13. Anyone interested in joining in should meet at 10am at the Shire Way entrance to the reserve.
The group carries details of activities and work days on its blog at http://wapley.blogspot.co.uk and Mr Hulbert can also be contacted by email at paul.hulbert@gmail.com.