Local lad elected as new woodland chairman

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Waingroves lad ​Rob Vane (pictured​) has been elected chairman​ of the​ Waingroves Community Woodland Trust after the retirement of John Stamp. The newly-elected chairman, who is 33, grew up in Waingroves and spent many happy hours as a child playing in the woodland. Rob has been a very active trustee of the woodland for a number of years, playing a significant role in both practical woodland management and arranging fundraising events. See right for more.

The newly-elected chairman, who is 33, grew up in Waingroves and spent many happy hours as a child playing in the woodland. Rob has been a very active trustee of the woodland for a number of years, playing a significant role in both practical woodland management and arranging fundraising events.

Rob is also a member of the Waingroves Village Show committee. He runs a business undertaking property services including landscaping and small building work.

On being elected, he said: “The woodland is a great community facility​ here in Waingroves so it is a great honour to now become chairman. I’m jumping in at the deep end as we have a busy year ahead starting on June 18, with a teddy bears and tiaras picnic to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.” The annual general meeting of Waingroves Community Woodland Trust was held at the Thorntree pub on May 25. Along with electing the new chairman, other officers were elected for the coming year and the annual report was received from retiring chairman John Stamp. John complemented trustees for all their hard work and specifically the development of the very large Wetland Project, which has been completed solely by woodland volunteers ovber a period of one year, using a National Lottery grant of £7,200. The other trust officers elected are Andy Hall as secretary, Paul Cox as treasurer, Shaun Walter in charge of conservation, Craig Plunkett in charge of risk and safety, Margaret and Peter Chamberlain for heritage matters, John Stamp for public relations and Dave Pountain in charge of the lottery. John Stamp formally stated his intention to retire from the post of chairman after leading the group for five years and and the annual general meeting received a proposal by trustee Tony Blount, thanking John for significant contribution to the community woodland. John said: “It has actually been a great pleasure to work​ alongside hard-working trust members. Sincere congratulations to chairman Rob and I hope to remain a trustee and support our marvellous community and the woodland but in a rather more quiet way.”