We are looking for the fifth recipient of the annual Pendlebury Award that recognises those who go the extra mile to look after the globally important North Pennines landscape.
The Partnership wants to hear about groups or individuals who ensure the area, and the nature and heritage it is renowned for is conserved enjoyed for years to come.
Bob Pendlebury, the inspiration behind the award, was the first chair of the AONB Partnership. He was also a local Councillor and a great campaigner for the area, promoting its beauty at every opportunity.
Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the AONB Partnership, said: “Over the past four years we have had some excellent recipients who have demonstrated tireless dedication to the North Pennines. The award is a way to officially recognise the special people who do so much for the area in their spare time or working life, making a significant contribution to conservation.”
Previous winners of the award include botanist Dr Margaret Bradshaw OBE, Durham Countryside Ranger David Liddle and Ian Forbes MBE, who ran Killhope, North of England Lead Mining Museum.
Last year’s winners were Chris and Heather McCarty who between them had careers in nature conservation for over 50 years, working side-by-side at Natural England’s Moor House – Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve.
The Partnership would like to hear from anyone who wishes to nominate someone who they feel deserves to be acknowledged for years of looking after the heritage and natural beauty of the North Pennines
The winner of the award will be announced at the AONB Partnership’s Annual Forum, which is being held in early November.