Park Protector Awards

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 Awards aims to celebrate those projects making a big difference in National Parks in England and Wales. 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.

Previous winners include SWEPT Project at Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which trained volunteers to collect environmental data around water pollution; Arun and Rother Connections in South Downs National Park, which restored swathes of wildlife habitat; and Fell Futures in the Lake District National Park, which passed on traditional skills. 

Park Protector Awards 2021 

Campaign for National Parks has teamed up with Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust and BBC's Countryfile Magazine for the Park Protector Awards 2021.

The awards recognise the efforts of staff and volunteers working in National Parks in England and Wales in what has been a very challenging year. This year’s theme is ‘Innovation and Agility in the Face of a Global Pandemic’ with a £1,000 first prize and 2 x runners-up prizes of £500 each. The prize money is for supporting and celebrating the work or the person/team/project. 

For the first time, the awards include a People's Choice public vote for 'Volunteer of the Year' with a 3-night stay in a holiday cottage in the Lake District up for grabs, courtesy of Ramblers Worldwide Holidays

Shortlisting and voting will take place in early March with winners to be selected and announced soon after, and profiled in a future edition of Countryfile Magazine.