Cotswold Canals Trust presented with award from the Queen

COTSWOLD Canals Trust members have been presented with a special award from the Queen.

The Stroud based canal charity was recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest accolade awarded in the voluntary sector.

The trust is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.

Yesterday, Thursday, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Mr Edward Gillespie OBE, presented representatives of the trust with a crystal award and a certificate.

The presentation took place at the Stonehouse Court Hotel’s canalside front, by the Ocean.

And two volunteers from the trust will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022, along with other recipients of this year’s award.

The Cotswold Canal Trust is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.

It provides volunteer led – restoration along a 36 mile long canal corridor.

Over 7,000 trust members with over 300 volunteers are actively engaged in the restoration, fundraising and trading activities, which in turn provide services that benefit people and nature by providing them with a green blue corridor.

The volunteers keep the towpaths and waterways clear which are enjoyed by over 250,000 people each year. Maintenance is provided in an environmentally friendly way whilst meeting obligations of restoring heritage structures.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.

It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on June 2, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.

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