The 2013 Octavia Hill Awards are now open for nominations to find the unsung volunteer heroes who work hard to protect green spaces and places – natural reserves, parks, allotments – for local communities and wildlife.
Organised by the National Trust and Countryfile Magazine, the awards take their lead from social reformer and founder of the National Trust, Octavia Hill, who can be read more about here. She saw the immense importance of green places to the wellbeing of all communities by suggesting that “they are valuable in the deepest sense of the word; health-giving, joy-inspiring, peace-bringing … without space we cannot reach that sense of quiet in which whispers of better things come to us gently”.
From today until the 28 February 2013, the National Trust will be looking for nominations across four different categories.
– Natural Hero: An exceptional individual who has devoted their energy and free time to protecting green spaces and inspiring the local community to do the same.
– The Green Space Guardian’s Award: This celebrates a group or organisations that has championed and protected green spaces.
– The People’s Champion: This is awarded to someone in the public eye who has worked to inspire people to enjoy and protect the outdoors.
– The Love Places Award: This celebrates National Trust volunteers who have gone beyond the call of duty.
In 2012 more than 170 individuals and organisations were nominated with the final online poll to decide the winners attracting nearly 7000 votes. However, this year we want to go one better and this is where we want all of our readers to help.
So, if you know of anyone or any organisation, no matter how big or small, whose volunteer work in protecting green spaces deserves to be recognised, visit the website to find out how you can go about nominating them.
Nominations close by the 28 February 2013.
Blog by Jamie White, Media and Communications (Press Office) Intern