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    Launch of 2016 award for the best projects protecting the National Parks of England and Wales

    Heritage lovers, environmental groups and conservationists could secure an important £2000 bursary and recognition for their work if they are delivering successful projects, campaigns or activities in one or more of the National Parks in England and Wales.

    To celebrate and support the fantastic work being done in National Parks, the Campaign for National Parks is again launching their Park Protector Awards. The Awards are supported by Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust.
    Entries should either conserve or contribute to the biodiversity of an area, restore the natural or built heritage or successfully protect a region.

    Last year’s winning project was Fell Futures, which addresses a nationally identified skills shortage in the Lake District. It has helped train 12 apprentices and 30 new volunteers in skills such as dry-stone walling, habitat conservation, forestry, lime mortaring and upland stone pitching.

    Fell Futures Wasdale Fell Care Day

    Matthew Eaves, volunteer and apprentice coordinator from the Lake District National Park Authority said, “Winning the award was a real boost for myself and for the National Park Authority. It acted as an external seal of approval for our hard work, something to show off about and an opportunity to tell everyone about the benefits of volunteers and apprentices. We have used the prize money to provide extra uniforms, waterproofs and tools for the volunteers.”

    Fiona Howie, chief executive of Campaign for National Parks said, “Throughout our National Parks there is fantastic work taking place by people who love the Parks. This is a great opportunity for organisations to promote and showcase the projects that make our National Parks so special.”

    The nominations are open until Sunday 3 July 2016.

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