The Conservation Volunteers wins health award for Green Gyms

Community volunteering charity The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), which runs over 2,000 community groups across the UK, has won a Health and Wellbeing Award from the Royal Society for Public Health.

L-R Craig Lister, Lord Patel of Bradford, Joy Beishon. Image: Supplied
L-R Craig Lister, Lord Patel of Bradford, Joy Beishon. Image: Supplied

TCV won the award for their flagship Green Gym initiative, in which volunteers participate in free outdoor activities that get them active, help them meet new people and improve the local community. TCV were one of only four out of the 26 recipients of the award to win in the highest grade level.

The awards, now in their eighth year, aim to recognise the achievements in the promotion of health and wellbeing through policies which empower communities and individuals, improve the population's health and address the wider social determinants of health.

The awards ceremony was held the Royal Society for Public Health in London. TCV's Green Gym managing director Craig Lister and Joy Beishon, head of research, attended the event to receive the award from Lord Patel of Bradford OBE.

Lister said the award was "great recognition for the hard work of staff and volunteers across TCV who make our community programmes and Green Gyms such a success".

"The TCV team have a genuine passion for enhancing green spaces and for the health and wellbeing of people who come back to enjoy the sessions week after week. We can see the results as Green Gyms help to create healthy happy communities for everyone across the country."


Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Careers profile - Head gardener, private estate

Careers profile - Head gardener, private estate

Working for the owners of a private estate, a head gardener is responsible for the year-round management of the estate's garden. In many cases, such gardens are vast - made up of many hectares of lawns, woodlands, colourful borders, kitchen/walled gardens and glasshouses.

Careers profile - Parks manager

Careers profile - Parks manager

Parks have become more of a focal point for local communities than ever before. For this reason, a parks manager is like the park's guardian.

Career profile - Gardens manager, historic or botanic garden

Career profile - Gardens manager, historic or botanic garden

Eden Project director of life sciences Dr Mike Maunder succinctly explains the role: "As a manager of a public garden or estate you are custodian of a collection and landscape that represents a unique heritage, but importantly you are also responsible for ensuring the viability of those assets into the future.