Announcing the Winner of our Volunteer Award 2023 – Roger Last

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Gardens Trust Volunteer Award 2023 is Roger Last, volunteer with Norfolk Gardens Trust.

Roger was nominated for his work to produce NGT’s book ‘Enticing Paths’ – not only did he work ‘incredibly hard to produce this well-received 480-page hardback book containing over 500 colour images, but he did it during the most challenging of times, during Covid lockdown when archives were closed and travelling to take photos of people’s maps, pictures or documents was very difficult. Read more about Roger’s volunteering achievements.

Roger Last with Peter Hughes at our Volunteer Celebration Day - Peter is holding a copy of Roger's book, Enticing Paths.
Roger Last with Peter Hughes at our Volunteer Celebration Day – with a copy of Roger’s book, Enticing Paths.

The award was presented at our Volunteering Celebration Day on 7th September, and Roger was presented with a glass token and framed certificate. Roger was delighted with the award and said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to have won in such a strong field.”

We would also like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all the Volunteer Award 2023 nominees, who have all made immense contributions to the historic designed landscapes sector. You can read a detailed profile on the hard work each of the volunteers have been doing, here.

Our Volunteer Award 2023 Nominees, Elizabeth Bowskill, Sandra Pullen and Jill Francis alongside winner Roger Last.
Our Volunteer Award 2023 Nominees and Winner (from left to right), Elizabeth Bowskill, Roger Last (winner), Jill Francis and Sandra Pullen.

The Volunteer Award is intended to celebrate volunteers and recognise the value of volunteering; showcase volunteers and the contribution they make; and encourage volunteering through a variety of roles. It is a relaunch of the popular Volunteer of the Year Award, which has run for many years, before being paused in 2021. The award will be presented again in 2024 and nominations will re-open next year.

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Painswick Roccoco Gardens, the Red House, Photo © Joab Smith