Nominations open for 2014 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards

VolunteerThe annual volunteer awards are a way of saying "thank you", as well as encouraging further engagement with the UK's 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. The volunteers being recognised 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 scale of volunteerism within the 15-member National Parks family is immense," said National Parks UK Director Kathryn Cook. "And it really is inspiring to think of all the ways in which they contribute. It's hard to imagine what our National Parks would be without volunteers."

The awards will be given in four categories:
•    Individual (over 25 years old)
•    Young person (under 25 years old)
•    Group
•    Volunteer project

Recipients 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:

Nominations will be accepted until 22 September 2014, with shortlisting taking place in early October. Nominations are encouraged for any active volunteers working within the boundaries of one of the 15 members of the National Parks family. Winners will be announced in November.

To learn more about volunteering within the UK's National Parks, visit:

Tuesday 9 September 2014