Environmental volunteer presented with Mayor’s Achievement Award
The Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Winston Michael, presented Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership (KSCP) volunteer, Brian Sandall with the Mayor’s Achievement Award last month at The Mayor’s Parlour, Civic Centre, Ashford.
Brian Sandall, age 79, was presented with the first environmental award. He has volunteered with KSCP since 2007 and is one of the longest serving volunteers for both Ashford and Canterbury tasks, approximately 50 weeks a year. He was accompanied by his daughter-in-law, Mrs Claire Sandall and KSCP officers, Diane Comley and Debbie Reynolds.
Cllr Winston Michael said, “As a volunteer for KSCP myself, I appreciate the exceptional dedication Brian has given to the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership over 10 years. He is a remarkable volunteer and exemplifies the best of volunteering as well as being an outstanding ambassador for wildlife conservation throughout Ashford Borough and Kent.”
“His quiet and kind demeanour has made him an incredibly special and valuable member of the team”, added Diane Comley, officer for KSCP. “Brian has contributed his time and energy to the conservation and environmental improvements throughout the Stour Valley with tasks such as tree planting, coppicing, meadow cut and clearing, pond and river work and access improvements. He is invaluable member of the team.”
In response to the kind words of both the Mayor and the KSCP Partnership Officers, Brian said, “Throughout my working life I enjoyed spending free time walking in the countryside and wanted to put something back into the natural world.
“After picking up a KSCP newsletter, my late wife encouraged me to volunteer. However, years later from coming home wet and muddy on a number of occasions she said ‘Why didn’t I find you a nice office job for your retirement!’”
The Mayor’s Achievement Awards will be presented to individuals and groups throughout Cllr Michael’s year of office as Mayor of Ashford and is part of his emphasis on encouraging and inspiring young people and adults alike.
The Mayor’s two charities for the year are the Uprising Youth and Community charity reaching out to the Ashford residents with recreational and leisure time activities and The Wyvern School for children with severe, profound and complex needs at Great Chart.