Shout about unsung Peak District heroes

Coun Lesley Roberts
Coun Lesley Roberts

The chairman of the Peak District National Park Authority is urging people to recognise dedicated volunteers.

The annual Volunteer Awards, run by UK National Parks, are looking to celebrate the unsung heroes whose hard work and commitment helps protect the Peak District and 14 other national parks in Britain.

In the Peak park alone, some 400 volunteers gave about 60,000 hours of their time last year.

They get involved in a range of work from community science activities to guiding visitors to supervising conservation projects.

Coun Lesley Roberts, Peak District National Park Authority chairman, said: “The amount of time and effort 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.”

The annual volunteer awards are a way of saying thank you, as well as encouraging more people to get involved in helping these unique and diverse landscapes.

They 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.

Volunteers being nominated can range from schoolchildren to those who have offered decades of service, from an individual who helps mend fences to an organisation helping to reintroduce a native species to the countryside.