Awards celebrate volunteers' good work
VOLUNTEERS from groups helping to improve the Kingswood area were among more than 50 people thanked for the important work they do to help maintain South Gloucestershire's open spaces.
South Gloucestershire Council’s Community Spaces Network hosted the event at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, welcoming volunteers from 28 different groups who work across the district to maintain parks, nature reserves and public rights of way.
They included volunteer workers from the Friends of Kingswood Park; Friends of Avon Valley Woodlands in Hanham; Friends of Magpie Bottom Nature Reserve, Hanham; MOATivation, Longwell Green; Woodwatch, Wick, and Avon Wildlife Trust.
The volunteers were thanked for the work they do by the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Brian Allinson, who said: “We know that without your help, our natural environment and the places we hold so close to our hearts would not be as beautifully cared for as they are.
"Your help and hard work in all weathers is greatly appreciated and I would like to personally thank you and your members.”
Volunteers from the Forgotten Landscape project spoke about the importance of surveying wildlife and shared their experience of recording water voles, great crested newts and wetland birds along the Severn Estuary, while council officers delivered talks on climate change and the measures being taken by the local authority to achieve its target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, and some friends’ groups hosted stands showcasing the work they do.
The Community Spaces Network is co-ordinated by the Community Spaces team at South Gloucestershire Council. It has been set up to enable community groups which help care for public open spaces in South Gloucestershire to share knowledge and resources.
The network is free for groups to join and provides support and information, including volunteer insurance, volunteer support and training.
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