Volunteer Awards 2017

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Our National Park Volunteers give their time, energy, skills and enthusiasm to help us conserve and enhance the country's 15 greatest assets and safeguard them for future generations to experience and enjoy. 

From maintaining well used footpaths to managing habitats – from Volunteer Rangers who act as our ‘eyes and ears’ to Gallery Volunteers who man and promote our exhibition centres - our volunteers contribute a huge amount to protecting and promoting these special places we all love. 

National Parks UK is looking to recognize and reward the transformative action made by our dedicated National Park volunteers through our National Parks UK Volunteer Awards.

Key dates:

  • 22 September: Nominations close
  • October: Shortlising by our Volunteer Coordinators Professional Group Meeting
  • Mid-November: Judges select the winners in each cateogry
  • Late-November: Winners announced


To win an award you do not have to be volunteering for one of the National Parks directly, just as long as you are an active volunteer within the area of one of the 15 Parks. We will be awarding ‘outstanding contribution / achievement’ in the following four categories:

  • Individual (over 25s)
  • Young person (25 and under)
  • Project 
  • Group

Download nomination forms and how to enter details here

Volunteer inspecting a water vole raft, South Downs National Park.

Man in a river with a small wooden raft

Clearing scrub, South Downs National Park.

Man holding a large collection of fir tree branches

Making charcoal in the New Forest.

Volunteers building a bridge, Brecon Beacons National Park.

Volunteers cleaning a shore in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.


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Last year's list of nominees was unparalleled in quality, sparking some difficult deliberation amongst the judges. See our 2016 Volunteer Award winners.

Help us find our National Park heroes and give them the recognition they deserve!

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Natural Resources Wales