Award nomination for woodland warrior

Roger Parkinson, volunteer with the Wakefield Tree Wardens group, has been nominated for a National Trust Natural Hero award. He works all Also working with the Growing For The Future project (people with are putting them back in the park.
Roger Parkinson, volunteer with the Wakefield Tree Wardens group, has been nominated for a National Trust Natural Hero award. He works all Also working with the Growing For The Future project (people with are putting them back in the park.
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A VOLUNTEER with a passion for nature has been nominated for a National Trust award.

Roger Parkinson, chairman of the Wakefield Tree Wardens, has spent more than 20 years helping to create and improve woodland.

He has been nominated in the Natural Hero category of the charity’s Octavia Hill awards, named after one of the charity’s founders.

Mr Parkinson, 55, of Thornes said: “I was delighted to find out I had been nominated but I never expected to get into the final three.

“I have been the Chairman of The Tree Wardens Voluntary Group since it started in 2007 and we have planted approximately 5,000 trees on several sites which could not have been done without our volunteers and donors.”

The Tree Wardens, who work in partnership with Wakefield Council, have created an arboretum at Newmillerdam and carried out improvements at Thornes Park, Haw Park Wood and Seckar Wood.

Mr Parkinson also works with Growing For The Future, a scheme run by charity Groundwork for disadvantaged people.

And this week restored Edwardian benches from the old art gallery on Wentworth Terrace were given a new home in Thornes Park.

Mr Parkinson was nominated by the Woodland Trust. To vote for him visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk