New funding for conservation ideas in national parks

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Environmental campaigners, conservations and heritage lovers of the South Downs National Park could secure vital funding and recognition for their work by entering this year’s Park Protector Awards, organised by the Campaign for National Parks, supported by HF Holidays and Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust.

This year, a brand new second prize award of £1,000 will be available alongside the first prize bursary of £2,000, providing a great opportunity to offer extra practical support to two projects helping to protect the National Park landscapes of England and Wales.

Anne Robinson, the Campaign for National Parks’ chair, said, “The entries to the awards last year were so strong that we wanted to extend them this year by offering two prizes. We hope to find a similar range and quality of projects in 2014”.

The Park Protector winner from 2013 was the environmentally innovative Woollenline project based in Brecon Beacons National Park. Coordinated by local artist, Pip Woolf, it uses lines of wool to protect peat from erosion, and joins local communities together in the process.

People can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else by visiting the Campaign for National Park’s website Nominations close April 28.