High praise for Lake District volunteers

Published on: 15 Jan 2016

Two Lake District volunteers have been recognised by UK National Parks for giving their free time and commitment towards caring for the national park.

Tricia Brown and Adam Philip-Phillips have been highly commended in the UK National Parks Volunteer Awards which recognises hard work from volunteers across the UK’s 15 national parks.

The judging panel, including TV presenter Julia Bradbury and outdoor brand Merrell, made their selection in December and praised Tricia’s work to develop guided routes for disabled ramblers and Adam’s advocacy for youth volunteering. Friends of the Lake District Fell Care Days were also highly commended in the project category.

Tricia Brown has been volunteering for the national park for over 14 years and is currently an Archaeology Volunteer Network Supervisor, organising surveys across Caldbeck Fells, setting up women’s navigation events and activities for disabled ramblers.

Tricia was highly commended in the individual category and said: “Volunteering for our national park is a two way contract.  I feel that we receive such excellent training and support from the staff and the organisation as a whole that we must put back all that we can to fulfil our part of the bargain.”

Adam has been volunteering for over two years and was highly commended in the young person category for his work in supporting and promoting access for young people in the park.

Tim Duckmanton leads the Lake District National Park’s Volunteer programme, he says the LDNP relies on the free time of committed people like Adam and Tricia to help look after the park.

Tim said: “Our volunteers undertake a range of tasks, from helping manage habitats to caring for our heritage and, following the floods in December, they have been surveying rights of way and path repairs. I’m really pleased to see Tricia and Adam’s contribution recognised on a national level and we appreciate everything they do for us.” 

For current opportunities and contact details check out our website www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/volunteering or follow us on Twitter @LakesVolunteers.

Picture shows: Tricia Brown doing what she enjoys most, leading a guided walk in the Ullswater valley.

Lake District volunteer Tricia Brown doing what she enjoys most, leading a guided walk in the Ullswater valley

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