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Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Green Hive has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK! We are one of 21 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups in Scotland to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse - they include volunteer groups from across the UK, including a community shop in Cornwall, an environmental group in Swansea, a group working with refugees and vulnerable people in Stirling and a thriving community arts centre in County Down. Representatives of Green Hive will receive the award from George Asher, Lord Lieutenant of Nairnshire later this summer. Furthermore, two volunteers from Green Hive will attend a garden party at Holyroodhouse in July 2021, along with other Scottish recipients of this year’s Award. Simon Noble, Green Hive’s Chair of trustees, says: “On behalf of all of our wonderful and committed volunteers I want to share our delight and pride that our hard work has been recognised with this prestigious award. I believe in the power of volunteering to create positive and lasting change and pay tribute to every single volunteer who has supported Green Hive and those volunteers yet to join us as we strive to do more.”

This week is Volunteers Week and we want to thank everyone who has helped Green Hive achieve this fantastic award - this recognition is a testament to the enduring dedication of our volunteers and the Nairn community - working together to tackle global issues on a local level. The contribution from our volunteers really can't be overstated - without your care and passion we would not be able to tackle those issues that are so important to the Nairn community. Whether you are helping out to clear litter from our green spaces, looking after our community orchard, crafting something creative from recycled waste, providing a caring connection in our community, or teaching new skills that empower our Nairn citizens - you are the driving force of Green Hive and we are so proud to help you explore, learn and tackle these issues in the many creative and connected ways that you do.


  • Lord-Lieutenants represent the monarch in each of the UK’s ceremonial counties.

  • This year there were 230 recipients of The Queen’s Award Voluntary Service

  • from across the UK. More information on the recipients and the Award can be found at

  • Any group of two or more people that have participated in voluntary work for

  • more than three years can be nominated for the award. Full details on how to nominate are available at

  • Nominations for the 2021 awards close on 25 September 2020.

Green Hive is a well respected small local charity based in Nairn with ambitious growth plans. Our Green Hive Growth plan outlines our mission to become a local exemplar taking action to address global environmental challenges. We strengthen and build the community of Nairnshire through our values of being Inclusive, Collaborative, Engaging, Solutions-focused and Sustainable.

Green Hive, also known as Nairn River Enterprise, is a Registered Charity SC047727, since 11th September 2017 Green Hive was created by Nairn River Enterprise a ‘not-for-profit’ company which is a Registered Private Limited Company by guarantee without share capital use of ‘Limited’ exemption since 1st Dec 2015 number SC521561

For further information and media enquiries please contact Neil Mapes, Green Hive Manager: 07453 912 697.

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