This year, the Octavia Hill Awards are looking for heroes who have helped children and young adults connect with the outdoors and wildlife – passing on their own experience, enthusiasm and love of nature. As many studies have shown, such connections with nature (even, or especially, in towns and cities) are essential for our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
Sometimes, to reconnect with nature, we need help or inspiration from mentors, teachers and others. That’s why we want to celebrate the people who have made a real difference to the youngsters around them – helping to inspire a life-long love of the outdoors and wildlife.
PLEASE NOTE, the deadline for entries has been extended to midnight FRIDAY 6 JUNE.
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Examples could include:
- A teacher who makes a special effort to inspire their pupils to love and understand nature through outdoor classes.
- An individual or organisation that has fought a campaign to save outdoor space to play in.
- A conservation volunteer who gives up free time to take children and parents on field trips.
- A national organisation that promotes the importance of children’s connection with nature.
- An individual who teaches children outdoor skills, such as foraging, den-building, camping and birdwatching.
There are three categories in the awards. You can nominate in any or all of the categories. The nominations are limited to 2000 characters so keep your nominations brief and to the point.
The closing date for nominations is midnight 6 JUNE.
A panel of judges will decide which nominees are put to the public vote in June 2014. The shortlisted nominees will be profiled here and on www.nationaltrust.org.uk and the public will be asked to vote for the overall winners.
The overall winners will be announced and their achievements featured in the September issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine.
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