Severn Trent recognises hard-working volunteers at its visitor sites

Monday 4th June

As part of National Volunteer Week, which runs to June 7, Severn Trent’s is highlighting the work carried out by volunteers at its visitor sites.

Almost 10,000 hours were volunteered last year at Carsington Water and Draycote Water, where tasks include landscaping, tree management, footpath construction, coppicing, hay raking and litter picking.

Dave Drury, Ranger at Carsington Water, said: “Our volunteers really are at the heart of our visitor site, the amount of time and effort they put in means we’re able to offer a beautiful, well-kept site for our visitors to enjoy. In fact, our longest current serving volunteer has been with us for an amazing 20 years!”

“Our volunteers always turn up with great attitudes and smiles on their faces, without their help, Carsington wouldn’t be the place it is today and I know it's the same at our other sites too. We’re so thankful for the dedication and time they’ve given to us, their hard work means everyone who comes to visit can have an enjoyable day out.”

Dedicated volunteer groups come in weekly to support the rangers in general maintenance and carrying out projects on sites, and groups of volunteers also engage with visitors who share their passion and knowledge for the wildlife and birds, making sure visitors learn something new.

In addition to individuals, the visitor sites also receive support from Severn Trent’s Community Champions scheme, which encourages every member of staff to spend two working days a year volunteering in local communities across the company’s region, which covers most of the Midlands and into mid- and north Wales.

Visitors to either site can walk, run or cycle around the reservoir, or, if they prefer, get out on the water and take part in sailing or fishing.

For more information about Severn Trent’s visitor sites, visit