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Campaign group seeks young dales environmental heroes

[Wednesday 31 January 2007]

THE Yorkshire Dales Society and Craven Branch of CPRE are offering an award of £500 to a young person who has made, or is making, a valued contribution to the life, work and environment of the Yorkshire Dales.

This will be the third annual Ken Willson Award. The ward is a "living memorial" to Ken Willson MBE, who spent most of a long and active life working and campaigning for the Yorkshire Dales.

In order to celebrate his lifetime achievement, the Yorkshire Dales Society and Craven CPRE, two of the organisations with whom Ken was long associated, have established this annual Award in his name to recognise the achievements of young people in the Yorkshire Dales.

Anyone may nominate a young person in the Dales who they believe merits consideration for the Award. The nominations for the 2007 Award will close on March 31st, 2007, and the young person concerned must be less than 30 years of age at that date. He or she should live or work either within the National Park or Nidderdale AONB, or in an adjacent community, and have made an important contribution in one of the following five areas of activity:

  • 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 cultural activity
  • The local economy including upland farming or forestry
  • The care and social well being of Dales' communities

The award, which in 2007 will be a cash payment of £500, should recognise the added value made by the individual to his or her chosen field of work or voluntary activity, and should also help to support and further the Award winner's future career or chosen field of activity.

Anyone wishing to nominate an individual for the 2007 Award should request an official form of nomination which can be obtained from the Yorkshire Dales Society, The Town Hall, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EJ or telephone 017129 825600 leaving your name and address. Nominations should reach the Society's office by March 31st 2007.

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