As the Tarmac office wound down for Christmas, we hosted our annual Christmas celebration and volunteer thank you.
Volunteers, Tarmac staff, the team from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, our tenant farmers and regular contractors all came along to enjoy a well-earned mince pie and reflect on another successful year.
Two awards were handed out on the evening. One for Panshanger Park ‘Volunteer of the Year’ presented to David Neal, and another for Panshanger Forest School ‘Volunteer of the Year’ won by Janine Ladley Ellmers.
David has been a regular volunteer at the park since 2014. He’s given many hours of his time helping out with practical managements tasks, mink monitoring on the river and leading guided walks where he shares his unrivaled knowledge of the park’s history.
Speaking after receiving his award he told us: “This came as a complete surprise. I didn’t realise any awards were being given out but I’m extremely grateful. What’s especially nice to know is that the work all the volunteers do is recognised by Tarmac.”
Telling us why he likes to volunteer at Panshanger Park, David said: “It’s about giving something back and being out in the fresh air. It’s cheaper than going to the gym and it’s good to do something constructive. I’ve also particularly enjoyed learning so much about the Cowper family and the history of the Estate and the house – so many people who come on my walks didn’t even realise there was a Panshanger House.”
Michael Charlton, Restoration Manager told us: “We are so grateful for the help of all our volunteers. They help us do so much in the park which we would not be able to do without their help.”