Park Protector Award

National Parks are home to some of our most important wildlife and sites of cultural heritage, we believe this makes them worth protecting. The annual Park Protector Award aims to celebrate those projects making a big difference in England and Wales’ National Parks. Whether the project is improving biodiversity, restoring built or natural heritage, protecting or campaigning against a threat, involved in rural skills, volunteering or youth engagement, we look for the most innovative and impactful projects.

The winner receives a £2000 grant towards their efforts. Previous winners have included Arun and Rother Connections in South Downs National Park, which restored swathes of wildlife habitat and Fell Futures in the Lake District which passed on traditional skills.

The 2017 awards received nominations for lots of outstanding projects. Five have been shortlisted by our judging panel they are:


River Barle Signal Crayfish Project - Exmoor

This project aims to conserve native crayfish and the wider River Barle ecosystem through monitoring and even sterilising the invasive signal crayfish caught by trained volunteers. Capturing the controlling this damaging species is a big challenge but the hard work has been richly rewarded with a healthier ecosystem in the River Barle.

Fell Care Days - Lake District

Fell Care Days provides volunteers with the opportunity to contribute to cultural and natural conservation work in the Lake District. Thousands of volunteers have maintained kilometres of footpaths, planted hundreds of native trees and even built three bridges!








Fell Care Days in the Lake District National Park



Explorers Club - North York Moors

This project provides hands-on conservation experience to families over a six month period in the North York Moors. Everything is geared up towards the family with those as young as two able to use special equipment to take part and contribute to landscape and habitat conservation in the Park.

Community Science Project - Peak District

Understanding the impacts of climate change is no small challenge. The Community Science project from Moors for the Future uses the strength of the community to monitor the changes to the environment happening in the Peak District. The environmental information collected by volunteer ‘community scientists’ are crucial to targeting conservation efforts.

Pembrokeshire Marine Code - Pembrokeshire Coast

The Marine Code hopes to inspire land owners, visitor and businesspeople to respect the precious coastal ecosystem of Pembrokeshire. This project has trained thousands in sustainable practices and developed an app to reference the code of conduct while out and about in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.











A buoy from the Marine Code project in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.



The Park Protector Award is only made possible by support from the Ramblers Holiday 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.


How can you help?

We are always looking for partners to make the Park Protector Awards bigger and better. If you’d like to make a difference to the work being done to protect the natural and cultural heritage of our National Parks support the Park Protector Award by emailing