Pigneys Wood volunteers, photo by Otto Ross-Jolly

Pigneys Wood volunteers win prestigious countryside award


Wednesday 28 November, 2018


A group of volunteers working at the Trust's newest nature reserve, Pigneys Wood, has won the prestigious CPRE Norfolk Thriving Countryside Award for 2018. 

The award, which was presented to the group by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) at a ceremony at Norwich Catherdral on 19 November, recognises the volunteers' contribution to the character, biodiversity and accessibility of the countryside around North Walsham.  

The judges were looking for a project that:
  1. demonstrates initiatives designed to protect an integral area of Norfolk countryside long-term;
  2. enables that area to be economically viable;
  3. offers increased enjoyable access to the countryside;
  4. promotes and interprets that landscape’s characteristics and biodiversity;
  5. and engages a wide section of the community, broadening participation and widening understanding of the Norfolk countryside. 
The North Walsham conservation Group were able to show that the variety of work that they do ticks all those boxes, and we might add that their activities are also great fun, and that new members are always welcome!

The North Walsham Conservation Group is operated by The Conservation Volunteers in partnership with Norfolk Trails and Norfolk Wildlife Trust.  Huge congratulations to the group's many volunteers, thanks to CPRE for the award, and thanks also to the Heritage Lottery Fund for making this initiative possible. 

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