A volunteer who works on the Hastings Wild Things project at RSPCA Mallydams has won a national award for team work.

 

Sharon Fox (Natural England), Penny Haselfoot and John Craven
Sharon Fox (Natural England), Penny Haselfoot and John Craven

Penny Haselfoot, who lives in Pett in East Sussex, received the Team Working Award from Natural England under their Access to Nature Volunteer awards at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Tuesday 19 November. Television presenter of the BBC Countryfile programme, John Craven, gave out the awards.

 

Penny has been volunteering at the wildlife centre since 2008. She currently acts as a mentor to the young parents who come to *Mallydams to get out in a green space and to learn simple, cheap activities they can copy to engage their children in green spaces close to where they live.

 

Andy Dinsdale, Hastings Wild Things project officer, said: “Penny is committed to her role and often puts her volunteering ahead of her paid work.

 

“With her caring and supportive nature she is well-liked and respected by parents and the staff she works with.

 

“She has a natural curiosity about the environment and a desire to pass this on to young people. We are delighted that her efforts are being celebrated with this award.”

 

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*Mallydams Wood is a nationally acclaimed centre of excellence for animal welfare education set in 55 acres of beautiful woodland.

 

It has successfully encouraged thousands of children and adults to develop respect and empathy for animals and their environment through activities and courses based on outdoor exploration, hands-on learning and fun.

 

The Hastings Wild Things project aims to encourage young people and children to enjoy the outdoors and all it has to offer.