The 2017 Mendip Hills AONB Volunteer of the Year award has been awarded jointly to Dave and Judith Tranter for their amazing contribution to our work.
Dave has been an AONB Volunteer Ranger for over 20 years but has helped young people enjoy the Mendip Hills for over 30 years! He is a great ambassador for our work and plays a vital role welcoming new volunteers to the team. Judith often steps in to help Dave with his AONB Volunteering and together they have helped with conservation tasks, events & publicity, surveys and providing activities for our Young Rangers.
They have also been recognised for their wider work in the area including setting up two Mendip Society nature reserves at Slader’s Leigh and Tania’s Wood and coordinating the management and care of both sites.
Andy Mallender, AONB Project Development Officer, said, ‘Dave and Judith are an amazing couple who work tirelessly to make the Mendip Hills better for everyone. They are always ready to help out and share their wisdom about the area. The environment, community and AONB Partnership are very lucky to have good people like this around.’
The award was presented to Dave Tranter at the AONB Partnership meeting by Vice-Chair Councillor Liz Richardson.