Awards recognise volunteers’ efforts

CELEBRATION TIME -- some of the volunteers rewarded at the special awards night in Newstead -- NMAC12-2253-1
CELEBRATION TIME -- some of the volunteers rewarded at the special awards night in Newstead -- NMAC12-2253-1

VOLUNTEERS from Bestwood Country Park were amongst many recognised for their efforts in making their community green spaces more alluring to visitors.

The Greenwood Community Awards were presented to a number of individuals and groups in a ceremony held at The Newstead Centre on Wednesday August 29.

All the people awarded were responsible in one way or another for working on projects to improve the environment of parks in the Ashfield and Mansfield areas.

Bestwood’s Sunday Conservation Volunteers, who take on tasks on the first Sunday of every month no matter what the weather, were thanked during the ceremony for all their help.

“This year the Sunday volunteers’ tasks have concentrated on woodland management when trees were felled, replanting took place and habitat stacks were built; and heathland management which included felling trees during winter and, more recently, pulling bracken and bramble,” explained chairman of the Friends of Greenwood Community Forum, Coun Barson, who hosted the event.

“The group was also instrumental in managing an area around the adventure playground which ensured its safety after refurbishment was undertaken, thanks to a Local Improvement Scheme grant.”

The founder member of the Friends of Bestwood Country Park, Roger Williams, was also praised for the group’s formation and ‘leading the campaign to retain the on-site ranger team’.

“We hope that this nomination will show their deep appreciation of his patience and tolerance in his dealings and all his work for the Friends,” added Coun Barson during the ceremony.

Awards were presented in 12 categories for work carried out over the last year towards the creation of Greenwood, Nottinghamshire’s Community Forest.

“I congratulate all the nominees and award winners who make a difference in their communities and thank the Greenwood team for organising this wonderful evening,” concluded Coun Barson.

Over 140 guests heard about the efforts and achievements of the various groups and individuals who give up their time to protect, preserve and make a difference to parks and recreational areas in their communities.