Anthony Cox – Volunteering Officer

Anthony is the Volunteering Officer for the Trust’s National Lottery Heritage Fund project All Hands on the Don, where he supports volunteers to help make improvements to our rivers and to get involved with the project.

He was previously Project Volunteer Coordinator for the National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Hidden Heritage Secret Streams based around Chesterfield. He also worked on the Trust’s DEFRA funded, Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Anthony started at the trust in October 2017 as an Environmental Conservation Apprentice and then became a Higher-Level Environmental Conservation Apprentice in January 2019. Subsequently, Anthony was promoted to Project Assistant for National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Hidden Heritage Secret Streams, in September 2020. All of these roles involved running volunteer days and improving the environment around the rivers in our catchment. This involved helping with community engagement and working in schools to help educate young people on how amazing our rivers are. A stand out achievement for Anthony is leading on the creation of an informative leaflet guide to the Don Valley Way, which Anthony personally thinks is really great.

Anthony is licensed to use chainsaws, brush cutters and pesticides, so is often managing habitats and helping to tackle invasive species such as Giant Hogweed. He is also a first aider and qualified to use a defibrillator.

In his spare time Anthony volunteers to run the 47th Edenthorpe Scout group as a leader. He is the lead percussionist in the Armthorpe Elmfield band, which is a traditional brass band and is a highly qualified sailor, with a seamanship level qualification. He owns a ‘mirror’ boat and enjoys music, walking in the countryside and video games.

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