In recognition of the outstanding contribution that countryside volunteer rangers have made to the conservation of the Holnicote Estate, Rohan Ltd have generously sponsored every volunteer who has completed more than 50 hours volunteering during the past year.
In a special presentation held at Horner Farm, on Exmoor, on Thursday 14 September the Rohan Dunster Store manager, Richard Sussex, presented each of the 35 National Trust volunteers with vouchers to spend on outdoor clothing and equipment.
Richard Sussex said: ‘Volunteer rangers freely give up their time to help keep Exmoor special for millions of visitors every year and I am very pleased that we are able to show our support for the significant contribution that they make to the local area.’
The Holnicote estate is the largest countryside property within the National Trust, making the support of the volunteers integral to its management. In the previous 12 months volunteer rangers have contributed more than 14000 hours, playing a vital role in supporting full time staff in delivering a range of nature conservation objectives and day to day management tasks. An increasingly important role for volunteers has become monitoring and survey work which has included the Healthy Hedgerow Project (a project to evaluate the condition of hedgerows for dormice) as well as veteran tree, bat and butterfly surveys and an ongoing programme of bird ringing.
Paul Camp, National Trust Volunteer Manager, said: ‘We hugely appreciate the support we get from our volunteers but it is something extra special when their contribution is recognised from outside the organisation and by such a respected brand as Rohan.’