National Trust volunteers recognised for long service

The National Trust in the Peak District celebrated the service and dedication of its volunteers by presenting them with long service awards on Friday, June 24.

More than 25 volunteers arrived at the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate to receive their awards which ranged from five to 65 years’ service.

Present were volunteers of all kinds, from membership recruiters, to kitchen gardeners, to bee keepers, to conservationists, each of whom play their part in the maintenance of Peak District sites.

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 and 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.”