This is an archived press release
Friday 17 October 2014
A Peak District youth group has been shortlisted for a national award for their voluntary work.
The UK National Parks Volunteer Awards are presented every year. They celebrate the hard work and inspirational stories of the people of all ages and from all walks of life that help protect and enhance Britain's breathing spaces.
The awards are given in four categories: individual (over 25 years old); young person (under 25 years old); group; and project.
Nine of the 15 members of the UK's National Parks family are represented in this year's short list, as are all three nations with National Parks: England, Scotland and Wales.
All the award nominees are inspirational and tremendously appreciated by their communities. The short list can be viewed at www.nationalparks.gov.uk/aboutus/jobs/2014-volunteer-awards
Dovestones Youth Group, whose members are aged 11 to 19 years, is in the running to receive a UK National Parks Volunteer Group Award 2014.
They are a group of young people from Oldham who meet every Sunday to plan and organise projects and activities at Dovestone Reservoir in the Peak District National Park.
The group has taken part in a number of conservation projects including tree planting, pond digging, outdoor pursuits, conservation and research, filming wildlife, environmental clean ups, the Peak District Youth Award, and the John Muir Award.
Cllr Lesley Roberts, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: "Many congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted for the 2014 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards.
"I am thrilled that the Dovestones Youth Group has got through to the finals – I know the standard for this year's awards was incredibly high and exemplary of the amazing work being done by volunteers in all our national parks."
Recipients of the group and project awards will receive a £1,000 bursary to help with 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.
The winners will be announced in November.
The 2014 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards are being supported by Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and Merrell, the outdoor clothing specialists.