Wardens Celebrate 40 Years

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Wardens Celebrate 40 Years

A 300 strong band of volunteers are taking part in an event this weekend to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens were established in 1968 and have spent the past four decades working to conserve the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The private celebration will be held at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, on Saturday June 21st.

The wardens will hear from The Lord Plumb of Coleshill DL FRAgs, the patron of the organisation that exists to conserve the Cotswolds AONB, the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

Baroness Young of Old Scone, who was the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency until May 2008, will also give an address.

Spokesperson for the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Claire Cunningham said:

"This event is the highlight of the warden's celebrations to mark their 40th anniversary, and will be a sincere acknowledgement of the years of dedication and effort that they have put into helping to conserve the Cotswolds AONB. Some of the guests who will be attending the event have been wardens from the start and have spent the last 40 years working on the ground to ensure that the area is looked after properly."

The wardens marked their 40th anniversary in a range of other ways during the last week of May. They: led 20 local walks in north Cotswold towns and villages including Stow and Blockley; launched 'Walks on Wheels' a collection of 15 walks across the Cotswolds for wheelchair, buggy and power scooter users; and led a walk where the public had a chance to see a wardens work party in action on Minchinhampton Common.

The wardens are also leading a range of 40th anniversary walks across the summer, which can be found in a walks listings directory in the Cotswold Lion Newspaper, available at most libraries and tourist information centres in the AONB.
Source: Cotswolds AONB

Posted : 19/06/2008 08:52:33

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