Jerry Moss (Red Squirrel Ranger at Center Parcs) and his family have just won the Red Squirrel Survival Trust Volunteer of the Year Award as ‘Red Squirrel Champions’. The award winners were announced on 30th March with the award ceremony due to take place on 27th June at Alnwick Castle.
Launched last year, the awards, which are supported by HRH The Prince of Wales, are designed to recognise and celebrate the efforts of the vast army of volunteers working around the country to protect our native red squirrels.
The RSST Award winners are decided through nomination followed by consideration of the RSST judging panel. There are 5 categories; Lifetime Achievement Award, Special Award, Leading Light, Red Squirrel Champion and Unsung Heroes. The Red Squirrel Champion Award honours those who have been on the front line of the practical action within red squirrel conservation, possibly for many years.
“We are delighted to be able to recognise the hard work of our volunteers with these awards,” said Miles Barne, RSST Chairman. “There are an estimated 3,000 volunteers involved in red squirrel conservation throughout the UK, but the north of England is where the biggest battle is being fought. This work could not be achieved without the tireless efforts of our volunteers. Highlighting their contribution to red squirrel conservation is long overdue.”
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About the Red Squirrel Survival Trust
The Red Squirrel Survival Trust is a national charity established to ensure the conservation and protection of the red squirrel in the UK. The Red Squirrel Survival Trust was established to ensure the conservation and protection of the red squirrel in the UK. The RSST focuses on the areas where reds are seriously endangered, which include northern England and South Scotland in particular.
The RSST also support activities to protect the red squirrel elsewhere in the UK: there are large populations in the Scottish Highlands and important colonies of reds also exist in areas such as Anglesey in Wales and the Isle of Wight. Longer term the Trust are looking to establish red squirrel populations elsewhere around the country.
The RSST aims to:
- Protect red squirrels by keeping reds and greys apart.
- Assist the winning reds in areas where red squirrel population numbers have stabilised or are increasing.
- Establish new red colonies across the UK wherever feasible.
- Fund research on how to secure the red squirrel’s long-term future.
- Raise awareness of the plight of reds in the UK.
Jessica Marshall-Pearce, Press Officer
Telephone: 01623 821723
Notes to Editors
- Center Parcs has five Villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire which opened to guests on 6 June 2014
- As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
- Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes over 1.7 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
- The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment
- This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK, owned by The Blackstone Group
- Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
- Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row