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Awards for environment champions

Posted onPosted on 9th Oct

Half of the 15th Annual Greenwood Community Awards were presented to Mansfield’s army of environmental volunteers.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Greenwood Community Forest champion, Co Coun Phil Rostance, presented the awards at the John Fretwell Sporting Complex, Sookholme, to community groups and individual volunteers, marking their outstanding contribution towards improving the environment.

Nominations were received for environmental work carried out over the last year towards the creation of the Greenwood Community Forest.

A review of the achievements by volunteers and organisations was presented by Margret Vince, chairman of the Friends Of Greenwood Community Forum.

Fourteen awards were presented to individuals and teams of all ages and abilities, who take part in conservation tasks and work behind the scenes.

Margret said: “During my first year as chairman I have had the privilege of meeting some passionate and knowledgeable volunteers, who care deeply about their green space.

“That is why it is a great pleasure to host the event to recognise those among us who you say deserve a pat on the back.”

The Mansfield winners included:

Asquith Primary School won the school involvement award for its work at Jackson’s Fruity Wood, Mansfield. There were special awards for Jack Jones, who created the logo for the wood, and Corinna Brown, who works tirelessly to involve schools in the natural environment.

Christian Bates received the young volunteer award. Christian, 12, is the youth representative of the Friends Of Fisher Lane Park.

Jill and Stuart Duckmanton, who work hard behind the scenes on many projects on Fisher Lane Park, were named senior volunteer team winners.

Friends of Forest Road Park, Mansfield, who improve and develop their park and organise social and recreational activities.

Matt Arnold, of the Friends Of Pleasley Community Orchard, won the Mighty Motivator Award for his work with Farmilo Primary School, Pleasley.

Colin Etches, who has steered the Maun Conservation Group since 2007 and involved children in Mansfield’s green spaces, was named Senior Volunteer Award winner.

Sheila McFarlane, another Senior Volunteer Award winner, the Mansfield Woodhouse Millennium Green secretary, helped re-instate the trust and started the process of regenerating the Green.

Pictured are the Maun Conservation Group with Colin Etches (holding certificate), a Senior Volunteer Award winner.