Volunteer wins Environment Award for 10 years of dedication to practical conservation work in Cornwall

Pauline Ryan’s smile lit up the room last Thursday at the Cornwall Volunteer Awards hosted at the Eden Project as she received her ‘Environmental Award’ from Carolyn Cadman, Chief Executive of Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Pauline won the award for her 10 years volunteering with Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Wild Penwith Group showing a determination to enhance habitats across Penwith through practical conservation work. Pauline has been with the group from their first meeting in 2010. Over the last decade they have taken on a range of tasks including hedging, scything, coppicing, fencing and dealing with invasive species as part of the Upstream Thinking project. Jason Appleby, Practical Projects Officer said:

“The continuing successes of the group and of the tasks we take on are in no small part down to the determination and attitude that Pauline has adopted toward every task, no matter how small.

The reason I felt the need to nominate Pauline for a volunteer award is that I think she deserves formal recognition and thanks for her contribution to the group. Despite recent and continuing health problems, Pauline has continued to come out with us and has always maintained her infectious, cheerful and positive attitude. Until recently, Pauline has suffered from tendon damage in both hands and although often obviously in pain, has worked on without complaint. Many times I had to tactfully steer Pauline towards light duties. This often means making the tea at which she excels.”

Pauline demonstrates unparalleled enthusiasm for people and wildlife and is truly an inspiration to us all. The other Wild Penwith Group members enjoy working with Pauline and hope she will there for many years to come. Every volunteer group needs a Pauline! 

Penwith Landscape Partnership also won a Highly Commended award for the ‘Volunteer Host of the Year’ category. The award recognised that a fantastic, active volunteer group had been established; an achievement that definitely would have not been possible without a strong team of people putting volunteers at the heart of this National Lottery Heritage Fund supported programme.

Volunteers are really making a profound difference across the whole of Penwith; why don’t you get involved? If you would like to help Cornwall Wildlife Trust by volunteering time or your companies’ time through corporate volunteering please visit the PLP website or get in contact with Holly holly.berwick@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk.