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The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful areas of England, its picturesque hills sprinkled with English country cottages that make great holiday homes. This week, the efforts of volunteers have been noted for their part in saving the beauty of the Cotswolds.

Volunteers have given over £10,000 in time over the past year to help Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust complete the Cotswold Rivers Living Landscape Programme. In total, 117 volunteers put 1,197 hours of work into preserving the river wildlife of the area, even managing to save the species of water vole in the area.

Over the past year, 15 barn owl boxes have been built, overshading scrub has been cleared and degraded riverbanks have been rebuilt. Invasive plants were also removed to help protect the homes of water voles, and overall the efforts of the volunteers have helped to preserve the thriving wildlife that can be found in the Cotswolds.