The Friends of Telford Town Park receives the Queens Award for Voluntary Service
The Friends of Telford Town Park, a group of volunteers based in Telford have been honoured with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Since 2003, the Friends of Telford Town Park have grown steadily to promote, conserve and protect the 170 hectares (450 acres) that is situated in the centre of Telford.
The Friends have for some years played a major part in the conservation and improvement of the award winning Chelsea and Maxell Cherry Gardens alongside other activities in the wider park, such as scrub clearing, litter picking, hedge laying and general assistance with the local Nature Reserve.
The Friends of Telford Town Park is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise the outstanding work completed by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queens Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including a community shop in Cornwall, an environmental group in Swansea, a group working with refugees and vulnerable people in Striling and a thriving community arts centre in County Down.
Representatives of the Friends of Telford Town Park will receive the award from Anna Turner, Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire later this summer. Furthermore two volunteers from the Friends of Telford Town Park will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.
Chris Pettman, Chairman of the group said “I am delighted and thrilled that our group has been recognised with this prestigious award, which reflects the dedication and teamwork of the volunteers. It also reflects the support received from Telford & Wrekin Council and several local companies that appreciate the value of Telford Town Park to the community of Telford and beyond.”
Cllr Carolyn Healy – Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy, Historic and Natural Environment, and Climate Change said “The Friends of Telford Town Park work tirelessly throughout the year on a volunteer basis to conserve and improve our local beauty spot.”
“To receive this award is an incredible achievement and really does echo the hard work that goes into Telford Town Park from the team; I’m really proud of our green spaces in Telford, if you haven’t visited any yet, please do.”