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Nominate your national park hero

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Volunteers who give up their time to make the Peak District National Park a better place are being sought for a national award.

The Association of National Park Authorities (ANPA) wants to recognise the unsung heroes who work in different ways to make the national park a special place.

The Volunteer Awards will be judged by BBC Countryfile TV presenters Julia Bradbury and Helen Skelton. 

Every year more than 7,000 volunteer days of work are done in the Peak District National Park by volunteers working with the national park authority through groups like its volunteer rangers and the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers.

Many thousands more are done by people volunteering for other charities or not-for-profit groups.

Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We are lucky to have thousands of dedicated volunteers who work in all weathers making the national park a better place.

“The volunteers do this because they are so passionate about looking after this special place but it would be wonderful to recognise some of their efforts by people nominating a deserving volunteer or group for this national award.”

Nominations can be made to the Volunteer Awards in three categories. They are:

1. Individuals (Volunteer of the Year) who have made an outstanding contribution to a national park authority, over and above what is normally expected of volunteers. The winner will receive outdoor kit from Merrell

2. Group of the year for a group or organisation (with a minimum of three members) who can demonstrate that their work has had a significant impact on the Peak District National Park. The winners will get a £1,000 bursary towards future volunteering work.

3. Projects to recognise an outstanding project which has made a significant contribution to national park purposes. The project should have been funded or supported in some way by the Peak District National Park Authority. The winners will get a £1,000 bursary towards future volunteering work.
The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 7 September.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found at www.nationalparks.gov.uk/volunteerawards (external website, opens new window) 

The winners will be announced in November.

In February HRH the Prince of Wales met with Peak District National Park volunteers at an event in Haddon Hall to recognise the work that they do.

This is an archived press release

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