We’re delighted to announce that our volunteer project has been short listed for the Park Protector Award by the Campaign for National Parks (CNP).
Volunteers have put in nearly 11,000 hours since 2015 to make a huge difference to the popular and special landscapes of Snowdonia. Whether it is maintaining the well-used footpaths or engaging school groups, cubs and beavers, this project is not only making a difference to one of Wales’ National Parks but also provides training and accreditation to its volunteers.
Mary-Kate Jones of the project said: “Our volunteers work so hard to protect, conserve and learn about Snowdonia National Park. From maintaining well-trodden footpaths to clearing invasive species, our volunteers are always ready to lend a helping hand! We’re delighted and very proud that their hard work has resulted in a shortlisting for the Park Protector Award.“
Other shortlisted nominees include a project to protect woodlands in the New Forest, the restoration of a bog in Dartmoor, a river catchment project in the North York Moors and a conservation project in the White Peak of the Peak District.
Andrew Hall of Campaign for National Parks said: “This tremendous shortlist reflects the incredible quality of applicants and the dedication of people across from across England and Wales to their National Parks. The Parks face many challenges, but each year the Park Protector Award reminds me of the depth of feeling out there for England and Wales’ best landscapes.”
The winning project will be announced at a parliamentary reception in October and will receive a £2,000 boost to its work, a highly commended prize of £500 will also be awarded. The parliamentary reception will be attended by Julian Glover who is leading the Government’s review into England’s designated landscapes.
The Award is once again supported by Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust. Stephen Ross of the Trust said “the projects presented this year for the Park Protector Award once again covered a diverse range from conservation to improving access and discovery of forgotten land management techniques. The applications demonstrated the passion of volunteers who are prepared to give up their energy and time to add to the joy of others who visit our National Parks.