A volunteer group from Morley has won a prestigious industry award thanks to its tireless work at local woodlands.
Churwell Environmental Volunteers (CEV) were described by judges as “One of the most impressive and effective voluntary organisations we have ever encountered.”
The group picked up gold in the Urban and Community Award during this year’s staging of England’s premier and hotly-contested forestry competition - the Royal Forestry Society’s (RFS) Excellence in Forestry Awards.
The group were recognised for their work at the Clarksprings and Daffil Woods, which are owned by Leeds City Council.
CEV were established at a Spring Watch Action day in 2008.
Judges said: “CEV is one of the most impressive and effective voluntary organisations we have ever encountered.
“In a relatively short space of time they have successfully turned the fortunes of the area around and created a much valued and important asset in this densely populated area.”
Group founder Janet Harrison said: “We are grateful to the RFS for presenting this prestigious award to our group.
“The time given freely by our volunteers and the massive support received from the local community and councils has made our work possible.
“Hopefully, we have proved community-led partnerships can bring benefit, not only to the local environment, but to the residents and wildlife within it.
“This award will no doubt inspire our enthusiasm towards building a legacy for those to come.”
CEV will receive their award at Lotherton Hall Estate near Leeds on Wednesday, July 6.
The RFS Excellence in Forestry awards rotate around England and Wales.
In 2016 the awards were held across the North of England and next year they move to Eastern England.