Awards handed to Mansfield environment volunteers

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Three volunteers, two community groups and a school from the Mansfield area were recognised for their efforts and achievements at the recent Greenwood Community Awards.

Greenwood Partnership board chairman, Councillor John Knight, of Notts County Council, presented the awards for outstanding contribution towards improving the environment.

Mansfield winners were the Skills for Employment Programme, Mansfield Sea Cadets, Asquith Primary School and volunteers Irene Bacon, Alan Saxton and Anne Hubball.

Coun Knight said: “We are pleased to be able to recognise volunteers who work year in, year out to make ours such a beautiful county.”

Nominations had been received from groups and organisations for environmental work carried out over the last year working towards the creation of Greenwood, Nottinghamshire’s community forest.

An audience of 140 guests enjoyed a review of achievements by volunteers and organisations presented by Friends of Gedling Country Park’s Rod Fillingham, chairman of the Friends of Greenwood Community Forum.

Fourteen awards were presented on the night to volunteers from all areas of Greenwood and included awards for individuals and teams of all ages and abilities who take part in conservation tasks or work behind the scenes.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Junior Team Award to Mansfield Sea Cadets for their support for Mansfield’s green spaces and parks.

Rod Fillingham said: “Congratulations to every one of the award winners.

“The event has shown how diverse volunteers can be, with many vital assets including vision, determination, knowledge, skill, experience, but above all humour.”

More about the winners...

• Skills for Employment Programme is a group which supports young people aged between 16 and 24. It was were recognised for enthusiastic hard work at the Forestry Commission’s Shirebook Wood and Oxclose Wood.

• Irene Bacon is a longstanding volunteer who has given her time to help both Yeoman Hill Park and the Mansfield Woodhouse Millennium Green.

• Mansfield Sea Cadets were named winners for their help with litter picking and conservation activities on Mansfield’s Oakham and Quarry Lane Nature Reserves.

• Alan Saxton was recognised for his long standing service and over 250 work sessions with Warsop Footpaths Group.

• Anne Hubball is a “champion” of the Sherwood Foragers health walking group, who has turned her hand to everything, even playing a witch at Halloween.

• Asquith Primary School were honoured for their ongoing relationship with Fisher Lane Park, including planting trees and bulbs there.