A volunteer who has walked more than 172 miles in service of Yorkshire Dales National Park, a young wheelchair user working tirelessly to ensure access in the New Forest, and a group that has brought together two remote communities in the Brecon Beacons. These are just some of the inspiring stories that make up the short list for the 2015 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards.
The short list was revealed today and represents just a small portion of the hundreds upon hundreds of men and women giving their time, energy and expertise toward protecting and enhancing the special qualities of Britain's breathing spaces.
The annual Volunteer Awards were set up to recognise the hard work of volunteers deemed to have gone above and beyond the usual expectations of volunteer service. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the UK's 15 National Parks, putting in thousands of hours. With so many people doing so much, it is always challenging to put together a short list for the awards.
"Every year, we look at the Volunteer Awards short list and think, 'This is amazing. This is as good as it gets,'" said National Parks UK Director Kathryn Cook. "Then the next year comes along, and again we are floored by the exceptional quality of entries. All the individuals, projects and groups nominated for this year's Volunteer Awards are truly inspiring. Putting together the 2015 short list sparked a lot of heated discussion amongst our short-listing panel."
The awards are given 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 from National Parks UK brand partner Merrell.
To view this year's short list, visit:
The awards are also supported by Natural Resources Wales. Winners of the 2015 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards will be announced in early December.
To learn more about all the work that volunteers do in the UK National Parks, as well as how to volunteer yourself, visit:
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