Volunteer Long Service Awards

Celebrating those volunteers who have been with us the longest © National Trust

Celebrating those volunteers who have been with us the longest

On Sunday 26 June 2011, the National Trust in the Peak District celebrated the incredible service and dedication of its volunteers by presenting them with their Long Service Awards.  

Over 25 volunteers arrived at Longshaw Estate, near Sheffield, to receive their awards which ranged from five to 65 years of service. Presented by Jon Stewart, General Manager, the group was told how much each individual’s support and commitment has helped us to continue to preserve our countryside estates for ever, for everyone.

Who are the awards for?

Volunteers of all kinds - from membership recruiters, to kitchen gardeners, to bee keepers, to conservationists - were present. Members of the Sheffield Clarion Ramblers also attended, having cut short their morning of bracken cutting to receive awards for, in many cases, over 30 years of service.   

John Boyle, who has been involved with our work since 1977, said, 'Volunteering for the National Trust has always been fun. I've learned lots of new skills and made long-lasting friendships.

'When I first started volunteering I thought I would just be contributing to the maintenance of our glorious countryside. After over 30 years I now realise that this has become a way of life and I've been rewarded a thousand fold by the fun I've had and the friends I've made.'
 
Why we need our volunteers

Jon Stewart, General Manager of the National Trust in the Peak District said, 'To meet and celebrate the achievements of people who have put in so much voluntary effort to help the National Trust look after large areas of the Peak District for everyone, is both inspiring and humbling.

'One of the volunteers, Graham Baxby, has been involved since 1947. What I also take from this is that volunteering with the Trust is something people get a lot out of. I hope this inspires others to volunteer so that we can continue to do a great job in looking after and making available to people some of the country's most special places.'