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AONB: Cotswolds

Voluntary Wardens

Voluntary Wardens have done 47,700 hours of work in 2018-19, ranging from improving access and conserving heritage sites to leading guided walks and working with schools. Their work to conserve and enhance habitats and species in 2018/19 included managing scrub on 14ha of wildflower rich grassland, restoring 1ha of coppice in ancient woodland, planting 1200trees and laying 500m of hedge.

The Wardens celebrated their Golden Anniversary during 2019 and their 50 years’ of work has been recognised by being awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Wardens are supported by a part-time Volunteer Co-ordinator and a small core budget. Additional funding comes from donations parish councils, landowners and guided walks.