Picnic to celebrate work of district’s volunteers

The selfless work carried out by volunteers across Malvern Hills district is set to be celebrated at a special event to mark national Volunteers' Week (1 to 7 June).

Malvern Hills District Council, in partnership with Malvern Hills Volunteering, will be hosting a Picnic in the Park on Saturday, 6 June.

The event will provide volunteer organisations across the district with an opportunity to bring along their volunteers and thank them for the time and effort they put in throughout the year.

The Picnic in the Park is amongst the hundreds of events taking place across the UK during Volunteers' Week, which aims to recognise the work volunteers do as well as highlight the volunteering opportunities available.

During 2014/15 volunteers across Malvern Hills District donated more than 2,400 hours of their time.

Some of those volunteers have been sharing their stories about the work they do in the run up to Volunteers' Week.

Ann Bowker is a member of the Malvern Hills Conservators and has a keen interest in looking after one of the district's furry friends. 

Since helping to set up and implement a dormouse survey on the hills in 2006, Ann now dedicates her time to monitoring two sites for the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme.

Ann, who is also a member of the Conservators Wildlife Panel, decided to volunteer to remain active in retirement, to feel part of the community and to give something back. The Conservators have provided Ann with support and comradeship, plus a sense of purpose and achievement.

She said: "I would encourage others to help with monitoring work or to join the Conservator Volunteers".

Longstanding conservation volunteer Brian Davies also encouraged his family to get involved.

Brian has been a monthly volunteer for the Malvern Hills Conservators for over 15 years, helping to manage, enhance and protect the special environment on and around the Malvern Hills. Brian introduced his teenage son to help out to begin with, also a longstanding volunteer, and then his wife joined later too.

For the last five years, Brian has committed to being a Voluntary Site Warden on Chase End Hill. He said the best thing about volunteering is the friendship and camaraderie amongst the volunteers and wardens, and the satisfaction of knowing that he is doing a job worthwhile.

Brian said:  "The fitness, friendships and work satisfaction have all been very beneficial".

More examples of the work of the district's volunteers and volunteering opportunities can be found through the council's website at and click on the links.

Anyone who is a volunteer or works for a voluntary organisation and who would like more information about the Picnic in the Park, should contact Sophie Jackson by emailing or calling 01684 862417.