The Octavia Hill Awards

Octavia Hill was a social reformer whose belief in the benefits of fresh air led to the creation of the National Trust. Now awards have been launched in her name to recognise people who keep her legacy alive


The name Octavia Hill may be unfamiliar to some, yet the work of this tireless campaigner for everything from social reform to green spaces has touched the lives of millions.


As one of the founders of the National Trust, her life and legacy can be seen all around us, from large-scale nature reserves to tiny pockets of green in our busiest inner cities.

To mark the centenary of her death in 1912, our new awards will celebrate individuals and groups that are keeping alive Octavia Hill’s legacy.

The Octavia Hill awards comprise five categories. Take a look at the following descriptions and if you or someone you know fits one of the categories, visit to enter…

1. A Growing Hero could have set up a community agriculture scheme, saved an allotment and made a real difference.

2. Woodland and nature reserves and orchards may have a Natural Hero, working for community spaces that matter to people and wildlife.

3. The Inspirational Hero award recognises someone, perhaps a teacher, youth worker or a ranger/warden, inspiring and nurturing the next generation of enthusiasts.

4. The People’s Campaigner celebrates a person in the public spotlight who has done something amazing to champion an issue or cause and is making a real difference.

5. A group or organisation, big or small, that has championed green spaces and places could compete for the Green Space Guardians award.

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We are looking for potential winners of all ages. You can nominate any number of individuals or groups for any of the categories. Just tell us what they’ve achieved to make them worthy of the award. They might have saved a piece of green space from development or perhaps they’re passing on their love of nature to the youngsters they teach.

There are more details on the National Trust website where you’ll also find the application form.

Closing date for entries has been extended to 31 January 2012 and a panel of judges will select a shortlist for each category. All the shortlisted entrants, and their work, will be profiled on the website. And they’ll get a chance to make a short video describing their work. The final vote will be put to the public to find the overall winner!


The winners will be announced in June 2012, and profiled in Countryfile Magazine.