Cotswold Wardens attend national conference

17th November 2015

Towards the end of last year, two of our excellent Voluntary Wardens attended a two-day conference of National Trail volunteers.

Held at Larpool Hall, Whitby and organised by the North York Moors National Park, the aim of the weekend was to discover how volunteering is organised by the various English and Welsh National Trails managers, and to show where new opportunities lie.

Nearly all the National Trails were represented, with the Cotswold Way being ably advocated by Wardens Margaret Reid and John Shaw – many thanks to them both for taking the journey and to John for stepping in at the last minute.

Both Margaret and John found the event useful and motivating. Margaret reported that, “The variation in every aspect of organisation came through repeatedly but always a huge enthusiasm of working with or being a volunteer, and a recognition of what it brought to them personally and to society.”

Various topics were discussed, and many learning points noted but the main theme was that even though there are as many different arrangements for volunteering as there are National Trails, they all have one thing in common – that all Trails rely on volunteers to achieve the excellent standards Trail users rightly expect.

For More information on the work of the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, click here.

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