Ashfield’s volunteers took home the majority of the prizes at the 14th Annual Greenwood Community Awards held at Red Brick House, Mansfield on 11th July.
Two schools were recognised as well as individual volunteers and the Friends of Titchfield Park, Hucknall walked away with the Volunteer Group Award.
Nottinghamshire County Councillor, representing Hucknall West, and Vice-Chair of Communities and Place, Kevin Rostance, presented the awards to community groups and individual volunteers, for outstanding contribution towards improving the environment.
Nominations were received from groups and organisations for environmental work carried out over the last year working towards the creation of the Greenwood Community Forest
Following a barbecue, one hundred and forty guests enjoyed a review of achievements by volunteers and organisations in 2016 presented by Colin Barson of the Friends of Greenwood Community Forum.
Twelve 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.
Colin Barson, praised the award winners and said: “Congratulations to every one of the award winners. It is always gratifying to know that you are valued by your peers and that your efforts have been recognised and are appreciated.”
Ashfield Award winners included:
- Peter Frogson, who gives his time and expertise when helping with practical tasks on Oakwood Fields nature area.
- Friends of Titchfield Park, Hucknall who improve and develop their local park and organise social and recreational activities
- Sue Grimmer, whose confidence has grown to make her a key member of the visitor centre team at Brierley Forest Park
- Annesley Primary School who are involved in the care of Oakwood Fields nature area
- Orchard Primary School who became the first school in the area to become members of the Ashfield District Council ‘Green Buddies’ scheme, working on projects aimed at improving the local environment.
A certificate of merit also went to:
Janet Housley for always being on call to help the Brierley Forest Park visitor centre team at busier times.