Greenspace project wins award for outstanding contribution to the community

The Students' Union conservation volunteering project, UWE Greenspace, have won a South Gloucestershire Council Chair’s Community Award 2018 in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the South Gloucestershire community. 

UWE Greenspace is a student-led volunteering programme at The Students’ Union at UWE, designed to support local green sites in the community by contributing to their conservation, ongoing maintenance and management. The project focuses on two primary sites near to the university’s Frenchay Campus, Splatts Abbey Wood and Sims Hill Community Woodland.

Project leader, Thomas Haines, commented: “Having seen this project develop over the past two years as a project leader, it is incredible to be awarded a South Gloucestershire Council Chair’s award for UWE Greenspace. The overall work of UWE students, in conjunction with Sims Hill & Splatts Abbey Woodland Committee’s has been integral to this project developing, and we look forward to working with them in future whilst inspiring both present and future students.”

The award is given to groups who have made a real difference to their community, with judges looking at the time dedicated to work, the community cohesion, the way in which it has helped others and what significant challenges it has helped overcome.

UWE Greenspace is the only student-led woodland conservation volunteer programme at our local universities where student project leaders plan and deliver sessions for the benefit of the environment, local community and other students. During this academic year, UWE Greenspace have embarked on their most ambitious tasks yet to plan and install new quadrant stakes at Splatts Abbey Woodland. The stakes allow more accurate forest management and conservation tasks to be carried out and will be used for years to come.

Winning the award is a fantastic example of the successful collaboration between UWE Greenspace and the local community. Chair of Splatts Abbey Wood Conservation group, David Bell, commented:

“Our group is absolutely delighted that the UWE student group Greenspace has won this prestigious council award. Since 2014 the students have been making a valuable contribution to the maintenance and development of Splatts Abbey Wood and Sims Hill Wood. They have been hardworking and inspirational.

When I first approached UWE about recruiting student volunteers I never thought it would be such a productive relationship, and we were happy to be part of their nomination. We would like to thank the student volunteers, UWE and The Students’ Union for all they have done for both woodlands over the years.”

UWE Greenspace’s student volunteers will be presented with their award at a ceremony at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College WISE Campus in March.

UWE Greenspace Project Leaders

2016-17 2017-18
Lovisa Svarden Curzio Potenza
Thomas Haines Bennita Ciu
Ben Tatton Ninette Harris
Gemma Ford Sergio Hunt
Clara Humphries Kate Sanderson
Hannah Robinson Thomas Haines
Richard Dear  
Luke Simpkin