Around 70 South Gloucestershire volunteers have been thanked for their efforts at a special event held in Winterbourne last night (Thursday 9 June).
South Gloucestershire’s Community Spaces Network hosted the event at Winterbourne Medieval Barn to celebrate the many friends groups and volunteers who help to maintain our parks, nature reserves and public rights of way throughout the area. Groups and individuals from a range of ages and backgrounds were honoured by Chair of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Erica Williams who praised them for their invaluable work and dedication.
The event began with welcoming speeches by Cllr Williams, and Sue Parsons, volunteer and chair of the Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust who spoke about the history of the unique 14th century building and the exciting future it holds having secured development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Talks and presentations followed from a number of volunteers from local heritage sites and parks, conservation groups, friends groups, In Bloom groups, and a representative from Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Parks campaign.
Volunteers attending got to play an active part in the evening by taking the opportunity to promote their groups and organisations for ‘just a minute’ and talk about their achievements over the last year, during ‘one minute wonders’ slots.
The evening ended with a bat walk to nearby Monks Pool local nature reserve, led by volunteers from Avon Bat Group.
Chair of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Erica Williams said: “It was great to have an opportunity to officially thank these volunteers for the huge contribution they make to our parks and open spaces in South Gloucestershire. Their hard work and commitment ensures that we can all enjoy the best of what our beautiful area has to offer.”
There are hundreds of volunteers throughout South Gloucestershire who work to help manage our parks, nature reserves and public rights of way as well as carrying out essential duties such as litter picking in these areas.
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and takes place from the 1-12 June 2016.
The Community Spaces Network is co-ordinated by the Community Spaces Team at South Gloucestershire Council. The network has been set up to enable Community groups who help care for public open spaces in South Gloucestershire to share knowledge and resources. The network is co-ordinated by South Gloucestershire Council’s Community Spaces team. The network is free for groups to join and provides support and information, including volunteer insurance, a volunteer support pack and training. For further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org