We are so chuffed – two of our key supporters have won prestigious Octavia Hill Awards from the National Trust.
Our president Julia Bradbury is the winner of People’s Campaigner Award – a prize that celebrates a person in the public spotlight who has championed an issue or cause.
“I’m thrilled that programmes such as Countryfile and The Great British Countryside have inspired people to get out there and have provoked an interest in our landscape and our truly unique countryside,” said Julia. “The countryside played a huge part in my growing up, and Friends of the Peak District’s work to protect the Peak District is very close to my heart.”
And our trustee Yvonne Witter is runner up of the Inspirational Hero Award which celebrates someone who is inspiring and nurturing the next generation of countryside enthusiasts. Yvonne is also a volunteer Community Champion with the Campaign for National Park’s Mosaic project, which has successfully built links between black and minority ethnic communities, and national parks.
“Many people do not think the outdoors is for them, but I want to encourage everyone. Being a volunteer Mosaic Community Champion and also a trustee with Friends of the Peak District has helped me open up a whole new world to people with visits to beautiful places – especially in the Peak District.” said Yvonne.
We are absolutely over the moon! We are so fortunate to have such brilliant, enthusiastic support from both Julia and Yvonne, so we’re extremely glad their contribution to the countryside is also being recognised by others.