As Volunteers Week 2019 draws to a close, we want to take the opportunity to celebrate the heart of the Rivers Trust movement: our volunteers. From those of you who come to one event a year, to those who attend every event they can—we are so grateful to all of you. Through blistering heat and (more likely) biting cold, torrential downpours and gale-force winds, our volunteers turn up with smiles on their faces. No matter the circumstance, they come armed with a thermos of tea and a pocket full of biscuits, ready to get stuck in. We know that conservation work isn't always easy. When your wellies are full of water and your fingertips are frozen, you might wonder if it's worth it—until you see the results. The native wildflowers blossoming where invasive species once ran rampant; the riverbank teeming with wildlife, filling the space once occupied by rubbish; new habitats growing into idyllic sanctuaries, buzzing with life. Our volunteers play a vital role in shaping nature's future, and we couldn't carry out our work without their help. It's hard to put into words just how amazing our volunteers are. Rather than words, we're going to use numbers. There's no better way to recognise our volunteers than to celebrate all of their achievements from the past year. The efforts of each individual volunteer—no matter how small they may seem—combine to create something truly amazing.