Published 13 December 2013
Volunteers from across the county came together last week at a reception to celebrate the award of the Investing in Volunteers (IIV) Standard to Hertfordshire County Council's Countryside Management Service (CMS).
100 of the CMS volunteers attended the reception held at County Hall in Hertford, alongside the Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council, county councillors and representatives from the district councils.
Investing in Volunteers (IIV) Standard is the national quality standard for all organisations involving volunteers. The award aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience and recognises the enormous contribution that volunteers make.
CMS works with more than 330 volunteers across the county. The volunteers work as health walk leaders, practical conservation workers, footpath friends and friends of groups for green spaces.
Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways, said:
"This award is recognition of the fantastic work carried out in all weathers by volunteers in the countryside across Hertfordshire. I'm delighted that so many of the volunteers were able to attend the reception. This was an opportunity for us all to thank them for their invaluable contribution which amounted to more than 20,000 hours in the last year alone."
One of the CMS volunteers said: “CMS does a great job supporting their volunteers. They have provided training for me in project leadership, first aid, use of strimmers, and care and maintenance of fruit trees. Together with the other volunteers, I get a lot of satisfaction from our working days, especially from the improvements that are obvious at the end of each day. We always end up tired but happy!”
CMS offers a range of voluntary opportunities, encouraging people to get involved in looking after their local countryside or park. If you are interested in joining the team of volunteers, for more information go to: www.hertslink.org/cms/getinvolved/.