Farm volunteers harvest top award

A Sheffield farm-based charity's outstanding achievements through volunteering have been honoured with a Queen's Award.'Whirlow Hall Farm Trust has been granted the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest accolade awarded to volunteer groups in the UK.
A Sheffield farm-based charity's outstanding achievements through volunteering have been honoured with a Queen's Award.'Whirlow Hall Farm Trust has been granted the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest accolade awarded to volunteer groups in the UK.
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A much-loved Sheffield farm is celebrating after its achievements were recognised with a royal seal of approval.

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust has been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - the highest possible accolade of its kind.

Eight years ago the charity had just a handful of volunteers, but that figure has now grown to 120 regular helpers, aged from 16 to over 70.

They help provide children, young people and families, often from inner city areas, with exciting hands-on experiences on a real working farm.

The farm has so many volunteers it can now take in pupils, often on residential visits, all year round.

Four volunteers will attend a Buckingham Palace garden party later this year to receive the award.

Chair of trustees Tony Pedder said: “I am delighted the volunteers of the farm trust have been recognised for their fantastic contribution of time, energy and enthusiasm.”

Whirlow volunteers contribute to a wide range of activities including educational farm tours, driving minibuses, managing thriving horticulture projects, maintenance and DIY, animal care and agricultural support.

Maureen Barnes, the longest serving volunteer, said: “I find my day a week at the farm to be really worthwhile.”

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