Thursday, 11 September 2014

Broads volunteer nominations needed

A call has gone out for people to nominate volunteers in the Broads for a prestigious National Parks award.

The 2014 UK National Parks Volunteers Awards are a way of saying thank you to invaluable volunteers who look after these precious landscapes as well as encouraging further engagement.

And anyone who does volunteer work in the Broads, part of the National Parks family, can be nominated. They do not have to volunteer for the Broads Authority and National Parks UK is keen to get a range of nominations.

Beth Williams, Broads Authority Volunteer Co-ordinator, said: “Volunteers play such an important role in keeping the unique landscape of the Broads special so we would like to see as many nominations from the area as possible.”

The volunteers being recognised can range from school children to those who have offered decades of service, from the individual who helps mend fences to the organisation helping to reintroduce a native species.

National Parks UK Director Kathryn Cook said: "The scale of volunteerism within the 15-member National Parks family is immense. And it really is inspiring to think of all the ways in which they contribute. It's hard to imagine what our National Parks would be without volunteers."

The awards recognise those deemed to have gone above and beyond the expectations of volunteers in helping to protect, maintain and enhance the environment and heritage of their area.

They will be given in four categories:

•    Individual (over 25 years old)
•    Young person (under 25 years old)
•    Group
•    Volunteer project

Recipients of the group and project awards will receive a £1,000 bursary to help facilitate future volunteering activity. The winning individual and young person will each receive his or her choice of footwear from outdoor specialist and UK National Parks brand partner Merrell.

To nominate a deserving individual, young person, group, or project visit: www.nationalparks.gov.uk/aboutus/jobs/2014-volunteer-awards

Nominations will be accepted until 22 September 2014, with shortlisting taking place in early October.

Nominations are encouraged for any active volunteers working within the boundaries of one of the 15 members of the National Parks family. Winners will be announced in November.

To learn more about volunteering within the UK's National Parks, visit: www.nationalparks.gov.uk/aboutus/jobs/volunteering

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