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The names of unsung heroes who give up their time to look after the Peak Park are being sought for a national award.

The annual Volunteer Awards, run by UK National Parks, celebrate the hard work of people who help the area to thrive.

In the Peak District last year some 400 volunteers devoted around 60,000 hours of their time to projects such as community science activities and conservation measures.

The awards are given in four categories - group, volunteer project, individual over 25 and young person, which covers under-25s.

Coun Lesley Roberts, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The amount of time and effort that people give the national park is truly awe-inspiring - they contribute in so many ways it is hard to imagine what the Peak District would be like without volunteers.”

Nominees can range from schoolchildren, to people who have offered decades of service, such as individuals who help to mend fences or organisations helping to reintroduce native species.

Winners of the group and project awards will each receive a £1,000 bursary to help secure future volunteering activity.

The winning individual and young person will each receive his or her choice of footwear from outdoor specialist Merrell.

The awards are also supported by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales.

Visit www.nationalparks.gov.uk/aboutus/jobs/2014-volunteer-awards to nominate.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Monday, September 22.

Winners will be announced in November.

Log on to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/volunteering for more information about the opportunities available.

 

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