Dynamic duo win community award

A team has won an award for their commitment to helping the environment.

Stephen Walker and Margaret Kerr, chairman and vice-chairman of the Friends of Moor Pond Wood, Papplewick won the Long- Serving Volunteer Team award at the Greenwood Community Awards ceremony.

The event took place at the Goosedale Conference Centre, Papplewick, where Greenwood Partnership Board Chair, Councillor John Knight presented the awards.

Mr Walker said: “I was quite surprised. I have been involved with the group for a long time so it is really pleasing to be recognised.”

Nominees were shortlisted for their outstanding contribution towards improving the environment.

Colin Barson, Chair of the Friends of Greenwood Community Forum, read the nominations, noting that their group had described Margaret and Stephen as the “dynamic duo” in recognition of the long and unstinting time they have dedicated to the project at Papplewick.

Hucknall Taking Steps, a group that leads a number of walks for people, was presented with a Certificate of Thanks.

Launched in 1991, Greenwood is a multi-purpose Community Forest being created in 161 square miles of Nottinghamshire.

Itscovers an area that runs from Mansfield in the north to Nottingham in the south and from Eastwood in the west to Farnsfield in the east.

It joins historic Sherwood Forest in the north-east and curves round to Attenborough in the southwest.

A team works with partner organisations to deliver benefits in areas including health, and education.