Parks Trust celebrates volunteer contributions with annual awards event – MKFM 106.3FM

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The Parks Trust celebrated the contribution of its volunteers with the annual Volunteer Awards event on Friday 25th February.

The Parks Trust is an independent charity looking after over 6,000 acres of parks and green space in Milton Keynes.

Within the organization, there is a wide range of roles, including landscape management, finance, property management, marketing, events and outdoor learning, as well as Willen Lake-based roles.

The charity is supported by 229 volunteers who totaled approximately 6,329 volunteer hours last year.

The 2021 Parks Trust Volunteers of the Year have been named David Ollier and Steve Thomason.

Both David and Steve have been dedicated conservation volunteers and have diligently covered the ranger in Campbell Park, racking up over 170 volunteer hours in 2021 between them.

Other winners include Community Involvement Volunteer of the Year, Deborah Cooper, for her work on the Textiles Project in Great Linford; Outdoor Learning Volunteer of the Year, Pamela Loose, for supporting the Outdoor Learning Team in 2021; Guardian of the Year, Colin Kempster, or being a very active guardian of the Flood Forest Nature Reserve; Newcomer of the Year, Paz Prierto Martin, for getting stuck and trying many different volunteer roles and tasks; Wildlife Investigator of the Year, Sue Bunker.

Andy Palmer, who has volunteered since 2010 as a volunteer ranger for Waterhall Park and Dudley James, who has volunteered with the Trust for more than 20 years, both received long service awards.

A spokesperson for The Parks Trust said: “Congratulations to all of our winners and a big thank you to all of our volunteers for all they do for us in all weathers, every day of the year.”

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