Singling out the superstars

Published on: 23 Jul 2014

With 60 years of volunteering being celebrated in the Lake District the search is on for heroes who care for the iconic landscape.

Nominations are urgently sought for 2014's challenge to find and honour those who give their time and talents to make a difference.

UK National Park Volunteer Awards have already seen the Lake District win two out of four categories and gain top honours.

With the deadline for nominations closing on September 22, a plea has gone out to name people who could qualify for this year's contest.

Lake District National Park's volunteer co-ordinator, Tim Duckmanton, said it was a unique opportunity to find and acknowledge countryside champions.

He explained: "There are so many different people of all ages, organisations and groups doing amazing volunteering work in the Lake District.

"This is an extra special year for us. Not only are we celebrating the diamond jubilee of our volunteering service, but also 5,000 days given every single year by these remarkable men and women.

"The awards are a great way of singling out the superstars and saying a huge thank you for looking after our world-famous landscape."

Last year John Dennis, of Baycliff, near Ulverston, who has currently spent over 1,000 days keeping his much-loved national park special, found himself in the elite line-up of stalwarts.

Although he did not take top honour, TV presenter Helen Skelton said each of the finalists 'could have justifiably won'.

There are four categories: individual, under 25 years old, group and project. Information is on www.nationalparks.gov.uk/aboutus/jobs/2014-volunteer-awards or get in touch with Tim Duckmanton on 01539 792674 or tim.duckmanton@lakedistrict.gov.uk

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