The annual review for 2017 – 18 has been published by the AONB Unit and reveals the real value of volunteers. An amazing 3700 hours of effort were given by volunteers to the area, that’s the financial equivalent of £26,500*.
As part of National Volunteer Week (1-7 June) the AONB Unit have released the review to highlight how the Mendip Hills are supported by people who love the area. The AONB Unit coordinates about 60 volunteers but the Mendip Society, National Trust, Wildlife Trusts and other organisations rely on volunteers in the area.
The review captures the breadth of work the AONB Unit and partners do to conserve and enhance the designated landscape of the Mendip Hills. Four key areas are focused on; practical conservation, planning matters, involving the community and raising awareness to foster a strong rural economy.
Volunteer Coordinator, Sammy Fraser, who works for the AONB Unit said, ‘We’re constantly amazed and humbled by our volunteers. They always give so much and feel so passionately about the area. They are real ambassadors and we’re so proud of them. People help with practical work but they also help in the office with planning matters, keep our workshop organised, lead walks, do site checks at visitor spots and much more!’
To see all the work done by the volunteers download the Mendip Hills AONB Annual Review 2017 18 (1.6mb).
If you would like to help with visit our volunteer page.
*3700hrs = 530 days. The Heritage Lottery Fund value volunteer effort at £50 day = £26,500.