National Parks UK Volunteer Awards – Winners Announced

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Published Wednesday 22 November 2017

From BME community mentors in Peak District National Park to family and scout groups protecting the Cleveland Way trail; the winners of the National Parks UK Volunteer Awards 2017 have been revealed.

The awards ceremony, held at Kendal Mountain Festival on Saturday, saw winners presented with their prizes by BAFTA-winning adventurer, writer and television presenter Steve Backshall. Winners were presented with bursaries toward future volunteering activity and the latest outdoor kit from official National Parks UK outfitter Columbia Sportswear.

Derek Collins from Dartmoor Preservation Association won the Individual category for his tireless work across Dartmoor National Park - from bracken management to clearing ground around ancient scheduled monuments, and the mucky job of clearing water leats. Caitlin McCauley spends her university holidays supporting families and children from the most deprived areas of the Tees Valley in their visits to North York Moors National Park and is the recipient of the Young Person category award. The Cleveland Way Adoption Scheme, winner of the Project award, enables families, scout troops and other groups to carry out practical conservation in North York Moors National Park and provides crucial information to the Cleveland Way Maintenance Ranger and National Trails Officer.

The winner of the Group award is the Peak District Mosaic group; a collective made up of individuals from BME (black and minority ethnic) communities around the Peak District National Park. They give their time to mentor, increase confidence and encourage people from BME communities and those who have challenging social and community issues to access the Peak District National Park.

Kathryn Cook, UK Director, National Parks UK said: 'Our National Park volunteers give their time, energy, skills and enthusiasm to help us conserve and enhance the country's 15 greatest assets and safeguard them for future generations to experience and enjoy. National Parks UK recognises and rewards the transformative action made by our dedicated National Park volunteers through our Volunteer Awards. We are delighted to showcase just how incredible our volunteers are and are grateful for Columbia’s support and recognition of the importance of the work our volunteers undertake.'

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The 2017 National Parks UK Volunteer Awards were generously supported by Columbia Sportswear and Natural Resources Wales.


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About Our National Parks and Volunteers

The UK is home to 15 National Parks that span the length and breadth of the country. National Parks are protected because of their outstanding countryside, important wildlife and special cultural heritage; they also make important contributions to our economy and society and form part of our national identity. They are of huge importance to the people who live and work within them, as well as the many millions who visit for recreation and tourism. Volunteers are the lifeblood of National Parks, putting in thousands of hours to conserve and enhance our National Parks for future generations; the annual Volunteer Awards were set up to recognise the hard work of volunteers deemed to have gone above and beyond the usual expectations of volunteer service.

About Columbia:

Columbia, the flagship brand of Portland, Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear Company, has been creating innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for outdoor enthusiasts since 1938.  Columbia has become a leading global brand by channelling the company’s passion for the outdoors, and an innovative spirit into technologies and performance products that keep people warm, dry, cool and protected year-round.  To learn more, please visit the company's website at

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