The Woodland trust recently announced its annual Volunteer Awards and again Heartwood Forest volunteers featured heavily in them.
Richard Inglis was nominated for the Bluebell Award, for the best guardian of woods and trees, and Linda Smith was nominated for the Acorn Award for the most inspiring volunteer.
The Heartwood Environmental Monitoring Group were nominated for and won the Willow Award, given for the best collaborative achievement.
‘This monitoring group has developed over the last six years into a multi-disciplinary team of around 40 exceptionally talented and knowledgeable individuals. The majority of volunteers are professors from the local university and Kings College in London, from Rothamsted Research (a local agricultural research station), from Herts Natural History Society and people interested in the wildlife of Heartwood. Although many are professionals in their field, others have been welcomed into the group has and have been inspired to take training courses to further their interests.
The group is currently recording ancient woodland and an array of mammals, birds insects, fungi and flora. . The team work tirelessly in all weather and at all times of the day.’
The group was also given a special Chairman’s Award for their contribution to the Heartwood project. This is an engraved plaque dedicating an area of the wood in recognition of the contribution of the monitoring group. It will go on an oak post at Heartwood.
Linda, Ken, Tim and Brian, representing the Heartwood Environmental Monitoring Group, with the Chairman’s Award.
Brian, Linda, Richard, Tim and Ken, together with site manager Louise and the two awards.
A fantastic achievement and congratulations are due to all involved!