Saturday saw the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Volunteer Awards celebrating the hard work and dedication of their volunteers across the county. The awards are given each year as a way of saying thank you to the thousands of volunteers who offer their time, skill and passion to the Trust.

This year, awards were offered in five categories:

  • Volunteer of the year
  • Young volunteer of the year (under 24 years)
  • Volunteer lifetime achievement award
  • Volunteer leader of the year
  • Volunteer team of the year

This years winners were:

  • Milly Carmichael - Volunteer of the year
  • Johnathan Cooper - Young volunteer of the year (under 24 years)
  • Phil Dean - Volunteer lifetime achievement award
  • Richard Death - Volunteer leader of the year
  • Swindon Community Reserves Volunteers - Volunteer team of the year

Milly Carmichael, who won the award for Volunteer of the year, has been volunteering on this project for three years. Milly said ‘Working with the young people on the Trusts Youth Wellbeing Project is always a joy. I learn so much from them and seeing the difference that the natural environment makes to their lives is so encouraging. I was very grateful to have been nominated and to have been told I’d won – I was surprised and moved!’

Volunteers play a hugely important role at Wiltshire Wildlife. They dedicate thousands of hours of their time and energy ensuring that the Trusts Reserves and other projects will continue to inspire and enrich the lives of local people for years to come.

Derek Gard, Volunteer Manager “Of course, massive congratulations go out to all those who were nominated this year; our judges said the standard of entrants was higher than ever. We have over 1,000 volunteers from all walks of life who love getting involved in every aspect of our work and without them the trust wouldn’t be able to achieve the work that it does”.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust email [email protected] or call 01380 736078.