Less than two weeks remain in which to nominate inspiring individuals, groups or projects for the 2016 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards. This is your chance to celebrate some of the fantastic volunteering that is happening in the Lake District.
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 Friday 23 September 2016.
“These awards are a great opportunity to recognise the awesome things people do to help keep the Lake District special” said Volunteer Team Leader Tim Duckmanton. “Anyone can make a nomination for someone or a group who has made an outstanding contribution caring for or sharing our spectacular National Park. Last year Lakes volunteers gave an incredible 49,500 hours of their talent and passion. We couldn’t work the way we do without their generous gift of skills and experience, time and effort.”
Last year Lakes volunteer Tricia Brown was highly commended by judges for her work as a Voluntary Ranger for the Lake District National Park. Since 2002 Tricia has been a mentor to new volunteers, developed and run guided walks and navigation courses, undertaken patrols, footpath, mines and archaeology surveys. In addition Tricia was also instrumental in identifying routes for members of the Disabled Ramblers.
Nominees need not be volunteering for the Lake District Volunteers Service to be eligible. All that's required is that the volunteer service or project takes place within the boundaries of the Lake District National Park.
To nominate a deserving individual, young person, group, or project, visit:
http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/about-us/jobs-and-volunteering/2016-volunteer-awards where you will also find more information on the awards, including FAQs and terms and conditions.
Photo shows: Tricia Brown (left) was highly commended in last year’s UK National Parks Volunteer Awards for her work as a Voluntary Ranger in the Lake District National Park. Nominations for the 2016 Volunteer Awards are open until 23 September.
To find out more about volunteering with the Lake District National Park visit our volunteering pages.