Deadline looms for nominations in 2016 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards

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Published: 30 August 2016

Deadline looms for nominations in 2016 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards

Less than a month remains in which to nominate inspiring individuals, groups or projects for the 2016 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards.

The Awards are a way of thanking volunteers for the thousands of hours of service they offer up each year to help make the National Parks some of Britain's most treasured landscapes.

Nominations are being accepted in four categories – Individual, Young Person, Group, and Project. The group and project winners will receive a £1,000 bursary toward future volunteering efforts. The individual and young person winners will receive outdoor gear. Nominations are being accepted until midnight 23rd September 2016.

"The Volunteer Awards always stand out as one of the highlights of the year for us" said National Parks UK Director Kathryn Cook. “They afford us the opportunity to show just how grateful we are to all of our amazing volunteers for their selfless dedication and countless numbers of hours of hard work that they put in.”

The awards recognise the hard work of volunteers deemed to have gone above and beyond the usual expectations of volunteer service. Last year’s winners included Karl Epps of New Forest, who played an active part in the Mosaic project, helping young people benefit from the naturally positive atmosphere of the UK’s National Parks. A wheelchair user himself, Karl played a vital role in helping to make more National Park events all-inclusive. The 2015 Group award was won by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Youth Rangers. The group of nine young people, most of whom had experienced some form of financial disadvantage or had a learning disability, all served as exemplary ambassadors for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and eight of them achieved the John Muir Award.

Nominees need not be volunteering for a UK National Park Authority to be eligible. All that's required is that the volunteer service or project take place within the boundaries of one of the UK's 15 National Parks.

To nominate a deserving individual, young person, group, or project, visit:

http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/about-us/jobs-and-volunteering/2016-volunteer-awards where you will also find more information on the awards, including FAQs and terms and conditions.

A short list of nominees will be released in October and the winners of the 2016 National Parks Volunteer Awards will be announced in late November.

To find out more about all the work that volunteers do in Britain's breathing spaces, as well as how to volunteer yourself, visit:

http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/about-us/jobs-and-volunteering/volunteering

The 2016 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards are supported by:

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For more information, please contact:

Clare O'Connor

External Relations Manager

National Parks UK

Tel: 01398 322244

Mobile: 07772 092128

Email: info@nationalparks.gov.uk