Volunteer John, 84, is in line for two awards for his conservation work

Volunteer John Buxton.
Volunteer John Buxton.

An 84 year old volunteer has made it onto the final list of the prestigious Keep Britain Tidy Diamond Jubilee Awards in two separate categories.

John Buxton, from Flitwick, beat more than 90 other hopefuls to make the shortlists of the Green Flag Award Volunteer of the Year and the Diamond Jubilee Award.

Now in their 60th year, the awards celebrate exceptional contributions that Keep Britain Tidy’s partners and supporters make to the local and global environment.

While John has been a volunteer for most of his life, supporting a number of different organisations, it is his conservation work at Central Bedfordshire Council sites such as Studham Common and Flitton Moor, both of which have Green Flags, which have earned him this latest recognition.

The council’s countryside access senior project officer Steve Halton, who nominated John, said: “John has impacted on so many other people, from volunteers to officers working for conservation to the wider public who come to visit the sites and so benefit from his and the other volunteers’ work to improve the habitats and access to sites such as Flitton Moor and Studham Common.

“Due to this work the biodiversity has improved through habitat management and visitors to the sites say how the areas have improved and how they love visiting – this isn’t possible without the help of people like John.”

The award winners will be announced at a glitzy presentation ceremony on February 12 in Liverpool.

For more information about volunteering with the Central Bedfordshire Council contact Steve Halton by emailing steve.halton@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk