2018 National Park Volunteer Awards now open

Nominations for the 2018 National Parks Volunteer Awards, celebrating outstanding volunteers within our National Parks, are officially open. Read on to find out how you can get involved.

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The Awards are a way of thanking some of the outstanding volunteers who dedicate thousands of hours of their time every year helping to make the UK National Parks Britain’s most remarkable landscapes. The Awards apply to any volunteers aiding any organisation which operate within a National Park boundary, not just volunteers for the Broads Authority.

There are four categories for which a volunteer can be nominated, - Individual, Young Person (25 years and below), Group and Project. Winners of the Group and Project categories will receive a £1,000 bursary towards their future volunteering work. The winners of the Individual and Young Person categories will receive outdoor kit from UK National Parks partner Columbia Sportswear.  

Eoin Treacy, Sales & Marketing Manager Columbia UK & Ireland said,

“National Park volunteers maintain and bring to life our most inspiring landscapes. Columbia is delighted to support the Volunteer Awards, and we look forward to the Kendal Mountain Festival when we’ll present the winners with their well-deserved prizes.”

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Beth Williams, Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Broads Authority said,

“We’re so delighted that members of the public will have the opportunity to nominate volunteers who offer their free time so readily to help the Broads National Park. Anybody volunteering for any organisation within the Broads executive area is applicable for this award. It would be great to see a variety of nominations from different organisations to represent the diversity of initiatives supported by volunteers which take place in the Broads.”

Nominations are being accepted until 12 noon on Friday 21 September 2018.

To nominate a deserving individual, young person, group, or project and to find out how to volunteer yourself visit: http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/volunteerawards2018

The 2018 National Parks Volunteer Awards are supported by Columbia Sportswear.

Wednesday 1 August 2018