Deadline looms for nominations in Volunteer Awards

New Forest Volunteer Fair 2015

Published Monday 24 August 2015

Just a few weeks remain in which to nominate inspiring individuals, groups or projects for the 2015 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards.

The Awards are a way of thanking volunteers for the thousands of hours of service they offer up each year to help make the National Parks some of Britain's most treasured landscapes.

Nominations are being accepted in four categories – Individual, Young Person, Group, and Project. The group and project winners will receive a £1,000 bursary toward future volunteering efforts. The individual and young person winners will receive outdoor gear. Nominations are being accepted until midnight 20 September 2015.

'The Volunteer Awards are among our favourite projects of the year,' said National Parks UK Director Kathryn Cook.

'We love the awards because they serve as an opportunity to celebrate all the amazing and inspirational work taking place across the 15 National Parks.'

The awards recognise the hard work of volunteers deemed to have gone above and beyond the usual expectations of volunteer service. Past award recipients include a young man who travelled by bus and sometimes skateboard to attend volunteer events, a fascinating project to "heal" the damage caused by wildfire with wool, and an inspiring individual who found volunteering helps ease the challenges caused by mental health issues.

Nominees need not be volunteering for a UK National Park to be eligible. All that's required is that the volunteer service or project take place within the boundaries of one of the UK's 15 National Parks.

To nominate a deserving individual, young person, group, or project, visit:
www.nationalparks.gov.uk/aboutus/jobs/2015-national-parks-volunteer-awards

More information on the awards, including FAQs and terms and conditions can also be found at the same URL.

A short list of nominees will be released in late October and the winners of the 2015 National Parks Volunteer Awards will be announced in November.

To find out more about all the work that volunteers do in Britain's breathing spaces, as well as how to volunteer yourself, visit: www.nationalparks.gov.uk/aboutus/jobs/volunteering

The 2015 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards are supported by Natural Resources Wales and Merrell

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For more information, please contact:

Clare O'Connor
External Relations Manager
National Parks UK
Tel: 01398 322244
Mobile: 07772 092128
Email: info@nationalparks.gov.uk

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