Chris Sayer wins UK Volunteer of the Year

We caught up with Chris Sayer, Volunteer Ranger at Rabbit Ings Country Park. Chris was recently awarded the Land Trust's prestigious national prize, Volunteer of the Year. 

Hi Chris. Tell us about your time volunteering at Rabbit Ings.

I started volunteering at the park 4 years ago. I'd spent years birdwatching in South Yorkshire and it struck me that parks really do benefit from a presence; someone there who can keep on top of any vandalism, assist the public and keep on top of work. 

We all work as a team here and I turn my hand to anything! This can be litter picking, cutting back overgrow and any invasive species and also helping people who come to the office for information.

Why is it important to protect sites like Rabbit Ings?

If we don't protect nature, like flowers, animals and insects, they'll naturally die out. Years down the line, people will ask "What happened to nature?" because by neglecting it, it will all disappear.

Finally, tell us how you felt when you won the prize.

I was stunned! I feel proud because it's an award for all of us at Rabbit Ings and the work that we do here. It's a team effort and that feels really great.

Inspired? If YOU want to volunteer at Rabbit Ings just like Chris, please email the site at rabbitings@gmail.com 


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