Our dedicated volunteer, David Bird is short-listed for a national Volunteer of the Year award! The winner is chosen by the public in a very short time-frame: please vote for David now as voting ends this Wednesday!
David has been a stalwart volunteer with the Snowdonia Society since first volunteering with us in May 2019. He quickly became a familiar and welcome face, volunteering at least once a week with us on average and often more than that. David has given countless hours to physical, practical conservation of various habitats of Snowdonia National Park. He has planted trees, cleared out drains, maintained footpaths, helped build a stretch of stone-pitched path, collected tree seeds, replaced steps in a woodland, repaired fences…the list goes on.
Last summer, the Snowdonia Society were heavily involved in a partnership project to welcome back visitors to Snowdonia National Park after the first lockdown. The sheer volume of visitors to the ‘hotspots’ of the park meant that our volunteers had an intense time, all the while being alert to ensuring coronavirus safety. We met, welcomed and advised countless visitors and picked up hundreds of bags’ worth of litter from mountains, beauty spots and roadside. David was by far the most frequent volunteer on the Welcome Back project, giving an amazing sixteen days over eight weekends in a row, in searing heat as well as pouring rain.
We are not the only organisation in Snowdonia with whom David volunteers. At the same time as the ‘Welcome Back’ project, David was also volunteering two days a week to deliver prescriptions to people across the national park. He continues to do that work as well as volunteering at a coronavirus vaccination centre. He is also a regular volunteer for North Wales Wildlife Trust in Snowdonia. A sincere thank you, David, from the Snowdonia Society.