On­hunt forPark he­roes

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Mem­bers of the public are be­ing asked to nom­i­nate hard-work­ing vol­un­teers for the Na­tional Park UK vol­un­teer awards.

Nom­i­na­tions opened last week.

They aim to thank peo­ple who give up their own time and ded­i­ca­tion to keep Scot­land’s na­tional parks main­tained. The cat­e­gories in­clude in­di­vid­ual, young per­son (un­der 25s), group and project awards, with each win­ner re­ceiv­ing a £1000 bur­sary to­wards their fu­ture vol­un­teer­ing projects.

A spokesper­son for the Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park said: “Per­haps it’s some­one who helps main­tain lo­cal foot­paths, or a vol­un­teer who sur­veys habi­tats or plants trees in their spare time or maybe your lo­cal Health Walk leader? And they don’t have to be vol­un­teer­ing di­rectly for the Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park Author­ity, just so long as their vol­un­teer­ing ef­forts take place within the park bound­ary.”

Nom­i­na­tions for any of the coun­try’s na­tional parks, in­clud­ing the Cairn­gorms and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, close on Fri­day, Septem­ber 22 at noon. To nom­i­nate, visit www. na­tion­al­parks.gov.uk/ vol­un­teer­awards.

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