Nina scoops award after transforming nature reserve

A volunteer from Falkirk has won one of our prestigious Volunteer Awards after transforming a local nature reserve.

Bonnyfield Local Nature Reserve volunteer Nina Saunders won the Community Path Volunteer of the Year award at the 2020 Paths for All Volunteer Awards.

Nina, a volunteer path warden, patrols the reserve every day to ensure the path is clear of obstructions and fit for purpose.

Nina, who was delighted to win the award, said: “I was shocked and surprised as I have never received anything like this before; I feel a tremendous sense of appreciation.

"The award win means a lot to me as the nature reserve holds a special place in my heart.”

Since Nina began volunteering at the reserve, over 200 new trees have been planted, the area has been cleared of dumped food waste and debris, and incidents of wildlife crime are being reported.

Nina added

Volunteering at the nature reserve has made a massive difference to my life and I feel more encouraged than ever to keep active and switch off from work and enjoy the nature around me.

My dog Donna enjoys the reserve as well as there is so many places to explore. 

It is great to hear that I have made a difference to the local area and the wildlife from the people of Falkirk who have been using the facility.

Through volunteering,  I have made new friends and found a new lease of life by getting out into the fresh air enjoying nature so would encourage anyone thinking about it to give it a go!

Nina was among 13 different winners at the 11th annual volunteer awards. See all the winners here.

Find out more about Bonnyfield Nature Reserve on its Facebook page