Frequently asked questions
In praise of our volunteer army...
Who can enter?
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).
Do I have to be a UK National Parks volunteer?
No. You can be a volunteer with another organisation / charity – you just need to demonstrate your work / project is helping achieve the aims of the National Park.
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.
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 filesize of attachments should total no more than 3MB). If we require further information regarding your nomination, we will contact you.
When will the shortlist / winners be announced?
Nominations close at midnight on Friday September 7, 2013 and shortlisting will take place on October 10-11. 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 and we will be announce these in late November.
Is there any upper or lower age limit for the individual category?
There is no upper or lower age limit in any category. Although 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.
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?
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.