Superstars in elite line-up

Published on: 29 Oct 2014

Lake District volunteers are in line for top recognition after being shortlisted for national honours.

They have made it through to the finals of UK National Parks' prestigious annual awards for the country's dedicated band of unpaid helpers.

It is double cause for celebration as the Lake District service commemorates 60 years of volunteering this year. Co-ordinator, Tim Duckmanton, said it was a fitting tribute to commitment and outstanding achievements.

He said: "To have made the shortlist in all four categories says everything about the calibre of people who give unstinting support. We have 550 volunteers, aged from 17 to 90, and what they do is crucial to the running of our national park."

In the elite line-up of stalwarts is Graham Wood, who travels an hour and a half from County Durham to inspire and enthral those who take part in popular guided walks.

Singled out in the awards project category is a Fix the Fells mission to restore part of the famed Red Tarn to Crinkle Crags ridge walk. The network of 78 archaeology volunteers and six supervisors has been hailed in the group section.

Also listed is James Taylor, from Barrow, who enthused his peers through the Campaign for National Parks Mosaic programme for young people and is now studying for a degree in forestry.

Tim added: "This is an extra special year for us. Not only are we celebrating the diamond jubilee of our volunteering service, but also more than 5,000 days are 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."

Winners will be announced in late November.

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