65. Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

Cotswold Voluntary Wardens clearing a pond at Hawling, near Bourton-on-the-Water. Picture © Cotswolds Conservation BoardHelping to keep footpaths open is one of the varied roles of the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. Picture © Cotswolds Conservation BoardThe Cotswold Voluntary Wardens form part of the wider Cotswolds Conservation Board and carry out a wide range of tasks to help keep the Cotswolds special.

Established in 1968, the Wardens have continued to grow into the 350-strong membership of today.  

Anyone can join, all you need is enthusiasm for the Cotswolds and a willingness to offer your time and skills to help keep the Cotswolds special.

The Wardens' varied roles include helping to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), taking part in a range of projects from drystone walling, hedge laying and tree planting to installing kissing gates and pond restoration.

The Wardens also work with parish councils, farmers and residents to help keep footpaths open and identify local features in need of restoration.A warden at work. Picture  © Cotswolds Conservation Board

Throughout the year, the wardens lead hundreds of guided walks, promoting the Cotswolds to a wider audience.

They also help with school assemblies and days out exploring the Cotswolds, as well as promoting the AONB through talks and at shows.

The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens form part of the wider Cotswolds Conservation Board and carry out a wide range of tasks to help keep the Cotswolds special.

In return for their commitment, Cotswold Voluntary Wardens are offered support, training, equipment, travel expenses and a sense of achievement.


More information

www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
 

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