Time to nominate your national park hero

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Volunteers who give up their time to make the Peak District National Park a better place are being sought for a national award.

The Association of National Park Authorities wants to recognise the unsung heroes who work hard to make the area a special place.

The awards will be judged by BBC Countryfile presenters Julia Bradbury and Helen Skelton.

Every year more than 7,000 days of work are done in the Peak District National Park by volunteers.

Many thousands more are done by people volunteering for other charities or not-for-profit groups.

Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We are lucky to have thousands of dedicated volunteers who work in all weathers making the national park a better place.

“The volunteers do this because they are so passionate about looking after this special place but it would be wonderful to recognise some of their efforts by people nominating a deserving volunteer or group for this national award.”

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 7 September and the winners will be announced in November.

For details visit www.nationalparks.gov.uk/volunteerawards.