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Nominations invited for Dales conservation award

[Friday 27 January 2006]

Nominations are being sought for an award in memory of the former Yorkshire Dales Society President, Ken Wilson.

Nominations are welcome for anyone aged 30 or under who lives and works in the Yorkshire Dales National Park or the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and who are considered to have made an important contribution in one of five categories of conservation work:

  • The protection and enhancement of the Dales' natural or built environment
  • The understanding and enjoyment of the landscape, natural history or cultural heritage
  • The cultural life of the Dales through the arts or related activities
  • The local economy, including upland farming or forestry
  • The care and social well being of Dales communities.

Last years inaugural award went jointly to Louise Williams, who runs the Limestone Country Project to reintroduce traditional breeds of cattle to the Dales, and Chris Bell, a Conservation Officer with English Nature based at Leyburn.

The winner of this years' award - run jointly by the Yorkshire Dales Society and the Craven Campaign to Protect Rural England - will receive a £500 cash prize.

Mr Wilson (1914 - 2003) was a founder member of the Yorkshire Dales Society - an organisation celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. He went on to serve as Chairman and President of the Society and served as a member of the former Yorkshire Dales National Park Committee.

Nomination forms are available from the Yorkshire Dales Society at the Civic Centre, Cross Green, Otley, LS21 1HD or by telephoning 01943 461938.

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