In praise of our volunteer army

Who can be nominated?
We are looking for potential winners of all ages, abilities and backgrounds – you just need to be an active volunteer in one of our 15 UK National Parks (Brecon Beacons; Broads; Cairngorms; Dartmoor; Exmoor; Lake District; Loch Lomond and the Trossachs; New Forest; Northumberland; North York Moors; Peak District; Pembrokeshire Coast; Snowdonia; South Downs; Yorkshire Dales).  

Does the nominee have to be a registered National Park Volunteer?
No. You can be a volunteer with another organization / charity – you just need to demonstrate your work / project is helping achieve the aims of the National Park and is within NP boundaries. 

Can I nominate myself or a group I am working with?
Yes – but only in one category. 

Can I nominate more than one person or group?
Yes, but you need to do this on a separate nomination form for each person or group.

Can NPA Staff / Officers make a nomination?
Yes, NPA Staff / Officers can nominate any volunteer in any category. 

What information should I include in the nomination?
We need to know what makes the individual or group stand out from the rest. What makes them worthy of the award. 

Should I include any visual material?
We welcome a small amount of visual material, in electronic format (though please note file size of attachments should total no more than 3MB). 

When will the shortlist / winners be announced? 
Nominations close at midnight on 22nd September 2017 and shortlisting will take place in October. We will be in touch with the shortlisted individuals or groups as soon as possible after that. The judging panel will decide upon final winners late November. Final winners will be announced by the end of November.   

Is there any upper or lower age limit for any category?
Individual Category – lower age limit of 26 – there is no upper age limit in this category.
Young Person Category – nominees in this category must be 25 years of age or under. Nb. If you are nominating anyone under 16 you’ll need to ensure their parent or guardian is aware you are doing so and seek their consent.
Project or Group category. There is no upper or lower age limit in either of these categories.  

Will all individuals involved in the shortlisted nominations have to take part in publicity?
Not necessarily, although it is nice to have you as part of the story and for everyone to know why you nominated that person or group. But if you’d prefer not to we will only focus on the shortlisted person/group. 

Do the shortlisted entries receive anything?
Unfortunately, only the overall winners in each category will receive prizes. However, all the shortlisted nominations will be profiled on the UK National Parks website and will no doubt gain recognition through other publicity.