Peak District project wins Park Protector 2017

  • Contributor information: CNP

The Community Science project is run by the Moors for the Future Partnership and took home the top prize in the 2017 Park Protector Award. The Award, which is run by Campaign for National Parks, and the accompanying £2,000 grant was presented at a parliamentary reception on 11 October 2017.

Sarah Proctor of the project said: “Moors for the Future Partnership’s Community Science team are delighted to have won the 2017 Park Protector Award and would like to thank Campaign for National Parks on behalf of our volunteers, partners and Heritage Lottery Fund, by whom the project is supported.

Enabling local communities and visitors to identify, record and monitor the wildlife of the internationally important blanket bog habitats in the Peak District National Park and South Pennines, is a great way to build and share our understanding of this landscape. This insight will help us better protect important habitats and species now and in the future. Winning this award will help us reach new volunteers and funders and allow us to buy more equipment to support our wildlife surveys, including monitoring otters, mink and water voles in and around the Park.”

Representatives from the Community Science project and the Peak District National Park receiving the Park Protector Award from Lord Gardiner, the minister for National Parks.

The Explorers Club, received a highly commended award and an accompanying £500 grant towards its work. The Club engages whole families in conservation work in the North York Moors National Park. 

Tammy Andrews of the Explorers Club said: “It was a lovely surprise to be highly commended in this year’s Park Protector Award. I am incredibly proud of the Explorer Club families and all they have achieved since the project began in 2012. It is a privilege working alongside such enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. Being shortlisted for the Award was fantastic but to be presented with this special award is the icing on the cake! The grant will enable us to purchase some more child size tools in order to increase the number of practical conservation tasks the families can get involved with.”

Representatives from the Explorers Club, from the North York Moors, receiving the high commendation from the minister for National Parks, Lord Gardiner and John Showell from the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust.

John Showell, chair of the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust, the sponsors of the competition, said: “This year’s Park Protector Award once again demonstrates the huge number of high quality projects dedicated to enhancing the environment of the beautiful National Parks. The Community Science project and the Explorers Club are both well-deserved winners, which are each making a big difference to their National Parks.”

Caroline Quentin, president of Campaign for National Parks said: “National Parks are important, inspirational national assets that require dedication and support at this time of great national uncertainty to make sure they flourish in the future. The Park Protector Award celebrates those projects that are committed to securing a bright future for their National Parks.”

The Park Protector Award is only made possible by support from the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust.

The Park Protector program is additionally supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, the Alpkit Foundation and the D S Smith Charitable Foundation.