This is an archived press release
Thursday 31 July 2014
People are being asked to put forward, for a national award, the names of dedicated individuals who give up their time to help look after the Peak District National Park.
The annual Volunteer Awards run by UK National Parks are looking to celebrate the unsung heroes whose hard work and commitment helps protect the Peak District and 14 other national parks in Britain.
In the Peak District National Park some 400 volunteers gave around 60,000 hours of their time last year to ensure this much-loved landscape continues to enrich the lives of people for generations to come.
The volunteers get involved in a range of work from community science activities to guiding visitors to supervising conservation projects.
Clr Lesley Roberts, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: "The amount of time and effort that people give the national park is truly awe-inspiring – they contribute in so many ways it is hard to imagine what the Peak District would be like without volunteers."
The annual volunteer awards are a way of saying "thank you", as well as encouraging more people to get involved in helping these unique and diverse landscapes.
The awards recognise those deemed to have gone above and beyond the expectations of volunteers in helping to protect, maintain and enhance the environment and heritage of their area.
Volunteers being nominated can range from school children to those who have offered decades of service, from the individual who helps mend fences to the organisation helping to reintroduce a native species.
The awards will be given in four categories:
* Volunteer project
* Individual (over 25 years old)
* Young person (under 25 years old)
Winners of the group and project awards will receive a £1,000 bursary to help facilitate future volunteering activity. The winning individual and young person will each receive his or her choice of footwear from outdoor specialist and UK National Parks brand partner Merrell.
To nominate a deserving individual, young person, group, or project visit: www.nationalparks.gov.uk/aboutus/jobs/2014-volunteer-awards
The deadline for nominations is midnight on Monday September 22.
The winners will be announced in November.
To find out about volunteering in the Peak District National Park, visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/volunteering
The 2014 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards are supported by Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and Merrell, the outdoor clothing specialist.