Celebrating WWT Volunteers

Saturday saw Wiltshire Wildlife Trust hosting their 2016 Volunteer Awards. These aim to shine a spotlight on the incredible people who volunteer their time and energy to the work of the Trust.

This year, awards were offered in five catagories:

  • 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:

  • Mike Carter and James Prior - Volunteers of the year
  • Chelsie Phillips - Young Volunteer of the year (under 24 years)
  • Kathleen Wyatt and Jo Waldeck- Volunteer lifetime achievement award
  • Geoff White- Volunteer leader of the year
  • Salisbury Watch Group- Volunteer team of the year

Chelsie Phillips, who won Young Volunteer of the Year, said:"I love inspiring and engaging children with our natural environment and the wildlife living within it. Volunteering for the Trust as a Wildlife Watch Leader has already rewarded me by giving me the opportunity to begin my career; to then have won Young Volunteer of the Year award has been a fantastic experience."

Derek Gard, Volunteering Manager for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, said: "The standard of entries this year was outstanding and we want to congratulate all of those who were nominated. We have over 1000 volunteers from all walks of life who inspire, and have made a huge difference to others and the community. Without them the Trust wouldn't be able to achieve the work that it does".

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. 

If you're interested in volunteering for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust email volunteer@wiltshirewildlife.org or call (01380) 736078.