Two volunteers have been recognised with a new award for their amazing contribution to the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Jean Bullen and Royette Chapman have been volunteering since 1998 to help conserve and enhance the Mendip Hills with the AONB team. Jean and Royette have helped out in a wide variety of ways and are always the first to respond to pleas for help, even if the task is unusual. They help with litter picking, deliver leaflets in the AONB van, talk to visitors at events, visit sites to check there are no problems and even helped out with the campaign to highlight the issue of dog poo in nature reserves by spray painting the poo blue!
The pair also help with the Young Rangers, guiding them through different activities and even laid foundation stones of a dry stone wall for the Young Ranger International camp on the Mendip Hills.
Nic Penn, the Mendip Hills AONB Volunteer Coordinator, said, “Although the new award is for Volunteer of the Year we thought both Jean and Royette should get it as they are inseparable! Knowing they are there, supportive and reliable, quietly getting on with it is very reassuring. They always put on a happy, friendly face and represent the AONB and the Partnership really professionally. We are all very proud that we are represented by people like this. On behalf of the Partnership we thank them both.”
There are over 40 volunteers that help the Mendip Hills AONB Unit in a wide variety of ways. To find out more go to our Volunteering page.