Tell Us About Your Countryside Hero
The North Pennines is England’s second biggest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) but with over 2,000sq km miles of stunning countryside, which is also home to a wealth of natural and built heritage, it takes a lot of looking after.
Every year, as well as all the efforts of farmers, landowners and conservation bodies, countless individuals and community groups roll up their sleeves and sacrifice their time to not only keep this landscape looking its best, but to also improve it for future generations – and the North Pennines AONB Partnership want to hear about them.
Praise Your Unsung Heroes
Through its annual Pendlebury Award, the AONB Partnership aims to pay tribute to those unsung heroes who make the area such a beautiful place to live, work and visit. They might be bat-enthusiasts who spend sleepless nights surveying, history lovers that strive to save buildings at-risk, farmers who have gone the extra mile for conservation or those who turn out in all weathers to help their local wildlife group. The award might also go to people who, in their daily work, have a deep impact on conserving the wildlife and landscapes of the North Pennines.
The Pendlebury Award was set up in 2013 to acknowledge the work of special individuals whose passion for conservation goes above and beyond the call of duty. It is named after the Partnership’s first chairman, Bob Pendlebury, whose tireless dedication to the North Pennines is an example of how one person can make a big difference.
‘Bob was an example to us all’
Chris Woodley-Stewart, the Director of the AONB Partnership, said: “Bob was an example to us all. He loved this landscape and worked hard to ensure it could be protected for the future and enjoyed by everyone.”
The award’s previous three winners include botanist Margaret Bradshaw OBE, former ranger and wildlife champion, Dave Liddle and last year by Ian Forbes for his years of dedication to the North Pennines, including the part he played in reviving Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum.
Ian said: “I am extremely proud to have been given the Pendlebury Award last year. I knew and hugely admired Bob Pendlebury. His commitment to, and passion for, the North Pennines was legendary. It was an immense honour to have received this award created in the memory of a great man.
‘It’s A Great Thing To Win’
“Do you know someone who has helped make the North Pennines a more special place? I urge you to nominate them for this year’s Pendlebury Award. It’s a great thing to win.”
The trophy itself is made from local materials by Cumbrian sculptor Kirsty Armstrong, and depicts Bob amidst a field of lapwings.
AONB Partnership Chairman Cllr Eddie Tomlinson, said: “People who work or volunteer in the conservation sector tend to be very humble about what they do so we need their friends, families or colleagues to tell us about them.
“This is a chance to say thank you, in a very understated way. Having worked with Bob since the designation of the AONB I know he would have approved of this.”
Nominations forms can be requested from Kaye Jemmeson, Marketing and Communications Lead, North Pennines AONB Partnership by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01388 528801 for more details.
Entries must be received by 12 August. Full terms and conditions can be seen online at www.northpennines.org.uk
Released: 15 June 2016