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Event celebrates environment volunteers
Monday 9th December, 2013

Event celebrates environment volunteers
Volunteers with, front, from left, WLCT board member for environment Cllr Brendan Bowen, Chief Executive of WLCT Stuart Murray, WLCT Executive Director Kay Bardgett, Biodiversity Manager Graham Workman and Chair of the Greenheart Partnership Board John O'Neill

VOLUNTEERS came together for a special event to celebrate their contribution to protecting and enhancing Wigan’s environment.

More than 80 wetland and woodland custodians gathered at Haigh Hall for the event, which also gave them the chance to feed back about their roles through a KETSO activity run by Manchester University.

Graham Workman, Biodiversity Manager at leisure and culture provider WLCT, said: “The wetland and woodland custodians are an integral part of our team, playing an important role in helping us to protect and enhance the local environment.

“We really value the work that these volunteers carry out and wanted to get some feedback in order to help us shape our future plans and ensure we are giving them all the support they need. The KETSO exercise provided a fantastic way of sharing information and pulling ideas together.”

Cabinet member for communities Cllr Chris Ready said: “It is important that organisations invest time in volunteers, who give their time freely to make a difference to the communities they live in.

“Volunteering can be an incredibly rewarding experience and I’d encourage anyone who would like to ‘give something back’ to consider looking at opportunities in their area.”

The wetland and woodland custodians are among hundreds of people who volunteer for WLCT, carrying out a variety of roles from assisting in libraries to supporting organised activities such as health walks.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities at WLCT, visit www.wlct.org/volunteer

To find out more about KETSO, visit www.ketso.com

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