This is an archived press release
Tuesday 14 July 2015
UK National Parks are celebrating the unsung heroes whose hard work and commitment helps protect the Peak District and 14 other national parks in Britain by calling for nominations to the annual Volunteer Awards.
The awards recognise those people who have gone above and beyond the expectations of volunteers in helping to protect, maintain and enhance the environment and heritage of their area.
In the Peak District National Park some 400 volunteers gave around 60,000 hours of their time last year to ensure the landscape continues to enrich the lives of people for generations to come.
Clr Lesley Roberts, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “Volunteers contribute to looking after the Peak District in so many ways from getting involved with community science activities to guiding visitors to supervising conservation projects – I am constantly impressed with the time and effort that people give to this much-loved landscape.
“The annual volunteer awards are a great way of saying "thank you", as well as encouraging more people to get involved in helping these unique and diverse landscapes, so I would urge people to nominate those dedicated individuals who give up their time to help look after the Peak District National Park.”
In 2013 Peak District National Park volunteer rangers were named UK Volunteer Group of the Year for leading health walks for people with physical or mental health problems, and Dr Chamu Kuppuswamy was awarded UK Volunteer of the Year for championing the national park to ethnic minority communities and using social media to raise awareness of the connection between local issues and global environmental challenges.
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:
- Individual (over 25 years old)
- Young person (under 25 years old)
- Volunteer project
Winners of the group and project awards will receive a £1,000 bursary to help towards future volunteering activity. The winning individual and young person will each receive his or her choice of clothing from outdoor specialist and UK National Parks brand partner Merrell.
To nominate a deserving individual, young person, group, or project visit the UK National Parks website.
The deadline for nominations is midnight on Sunday September 20. The winners will be announced in November.
To find out about volunteering in the Peak District National Park, visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/volunteering.