The prestigious Pendlebury Award is awarded each year to a remarkable individual who has put their heart and soul into looking after the North Pennines.
The Pendlebury Award is presented each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to looking after the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – its life and landscapes. The Award is specifically aimed at celebrating commitment to the conservation and culture of the North Pennines and is an initiative of the AONB Partnership.
The Award is named in memory of the late Bob Pendlebury OBE, who was one of the leading advocates of the North Pennines and an unswerving champion of its protection. He was the first Chairman of the AONB Partnership (and its predecessor bodies) following the confirmation of its designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in June 1988.
The current holder of the Pendlebury Award is Ian Forbes, MBE, from Westgate, who was presented with the accolade at the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership’s Annual Forum at Bowlees Visitor Centre on Friday.
Mr Forbes, who retired from Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum six years ago, after 25 years of service, said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been given this award. I was privileged to know Bob Pendlebury for many years and he was one of the most supportive people you could ever meet. He was instrumental in the setting up of Killhope in the early years when I worked there, so it means a great deal to receive this award in Bob’s memory.”
Mr Forbes, who is now the Chairman of the charity Friends of the North Pennines, and supports numerous community projects, is the third winner of the award which was previously won by Margaret Bradshaw, MBE and former Durham County Council ranger Dave Liddle.
Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the AONB Partnership, said: “I’m very pleased that Ian’s contribution to the North Pennines AONB over many years has been recognised with this award.
“Looking after our natural and cultural heritage needs as many people like Ian as we can find and it’s right that years of enthusiasm, knowledge and effort can be acknowledged in this way.”
The award is made to an individual who has significantly contributed to:
- The conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty* of the North Pennines
- The promotion of enjoyment and understanding of the special qualities of the area amongst local people and/or visitors.
- Supporting local communities in matters directly relating to the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty and/or promoting enjoyment and understanding of the North Pennines.
*Natural beauty in the context of AONBs is about much more that scenic quality, and includes landform, geology, plants and animals, landscape features and the rich history of human settlement over the centuries.
The first award was presented to Dr Margaret Bradshaw MBE by Ross Thompson – Bob’s Grandson – at the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s Annual Forum on Friday 7 June 2013. This ‘anniversary forum’ marked the 25th anniversary of the North Pennines (to the day) being designated as an AONB and the 10th anniversary of the AONB becoming a UNESCO-endorsed European Geopark. Thereafter the award will be presented by the previous year’s winner (each winner returning it to the Annual Forum in a symbolic relay).
A memorable day
Bob Pendlebury recorded in his ‘Record of Walks Undertaken’ the day when the Inspector, Sir Stephen Berthon, on the  AONB Inquiry decided that he wanted to walk from Cauldron Snout to Dufton [via High Cup Nick].
We are seeking nominations for the 2016 award now. The closing date is 12 August 2016. For additional information, guidance and nomination forms please contact Kaye Jemmeson (Marketing and Communications Lead) at the North Pennines AONB Partnership on 01388 528801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.