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Kent man receives RSPB volunteer award

Last modified: 14 October 2009

Volunteer Malcolm Jennings receives RSPB President's Award

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Malcolm Jennings from Gravesend has been awarded the RSPB's prestigious President's Award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to nature conservation as a volunteer. 

Malcolm, who is now leader of the Gravesend local group, has given his time as a volunteer with the RSPB for the past 10 years and has contributed greatly to building good relationships with other organisations in the community.

As well as sponsoring a Green Day at Holy Trinity Primary School, as part of the group Malcolm has organized events for local cub groups, given community talks and arranged a visit for a group of elderly people to RSPB's Cliffe Pools reserve.

In addition to his leadership role with the local group, Malcolm has volunteered two days a week at RSPB North Kent Marshes taking on practical tasks such as planting out trees and helping to maintain the sites by laying paths, maintaining trails and erecting fences.

On receiving the award Malcolm said: 'I am pleased to receive the President's Award and grateful for the opportunities the RSPB has given me to work with others to help protect & enhance the wildlife of the North Kent Marshes.'

The award, a carved wooden avocet as featured in the RSPB's logo, was presented to Malcolm Jennings by RSPB President Julian Pettifer at the charity's AGM on Saturday 3 October.

Jenny Sweet, Volunteering Development Officer at RSPB South East Regional Office said: 'Volunteers like Malcolm are absolutely vital in helping the RSPB continue the important conservation work at its RSPB Reserves as well as engaging the wider community in our work. His hard work, dedication, commitment and enthusiasm are a huge asset to the Society.'

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