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Dartmoor National Park Authority News Release

5 February 2013

National Park Award nominations sought

Nominations are being sought by Dartmoor National Park Authority for its Edward Morshead Award 2013. The Award recognises those who have made significant contributions to conservation, enjoyment, and sustainability within the National Park.

Projects contributing to landscape, ecological, archaeological or cultural conservation, or to the enjoyment and understanding of the National Park, or which meet the needs of the local community through sustainable development, can be entered. Nominations can also be made for outstanding individual, or corporate, contributions to Dartmoor and National Park Purposes.

The work or activity must take place within the boundary of the National Park although nominations and entries may be made by any Devon resident or County based professional or voluntary body.

In addition the Dartmoor Preservation Association (external link, opens new window) which is associated with the Award, offers a special recognition of outstanding conservation work carried out by young people less than 21 years old. All entries received by the National Park Authority which relate to projects undertaken by young people are automatically considered.

Previous winners have included Ashburton Primary School for their Eco-Energisers Group, Sticklepath and Okehampton Conservation Group for 20 years of carrying out conservation tasks on Dartmoor and the Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group for its work on the important mining remains at Brimpts farm, near Dartmeet.

All entries must relate to the two years prior to the closing date of 30 April 2013.

For further information visit www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk (click on About us Dartmoor National Park Authority/Edward Morshead Award) or contact Mike Nendick, Communications Officer, Dartmoor National Park Authority on (01626) 831045.
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For further information

Mike Nendick, Communications Officer, Dartmoor National Park Authority
Tel: (01626) 831045.

Notes for Editors

Edward Morshead was Chairman of the Dartmoor National Park Committee from 1985 to 1989. He died in office.  He spent much time on the ground, committed to farming and the conservation of the landscape.

To qualify, work or activity must take place within the boundaries of the Dartmoor National Park.  Nominations and entries are accepted from any Devon resident, or County based professional or voluntary body.  Individual projects of a practical nature contributing to landscape quality, ecological or archaeological/cultural conservation, or to enjoyment and understanding, can be entered.  Nominations can also be made for outstanding individual, or corporate, contributions to Dartmoor and the National Park purposes.  Entries must relate to the two years prior to the closing date.

There are three separate prizes within the Award Scheme:
First prize - a specially commissioned trophy, to be held for two years, and a cash prize of £250.
Second prize - £150.
Third prize - £100.

A certificate and permanent photographic memento for each Award winner will also be presented.

In addition the Dartmoor Preservation Association section of the Award comprises a shield, to be retained for two years, and a cash prize of £100. 

The closing date for entries is 30 April 2013. Judging will take place in May 2013 and prizewinners will be notified of the results in June 2013.

Dartmoor National Park Authority’s purposes under the Environment Act 1995 are:

  • to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park;
  • to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area by the public.

In carrying out this work, we are also required to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the National Park.

Agendas for full Dartmoor National Park Authority meetings and Dartmoor National Park Authority planning meetings are available on the Authority's web site.

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There are 15 members of the National Parks family in the UK: Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs, Yorkshire Dales, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, the Cairngorms and the Broads.  National Parks are of special value to the whole nation because of their great beauty, their wildlife and cultural interests and the opportunities they offer for quiet enjoyment.  However, they are not nationally owned - the land is in the hands of many landowners or occupiers including farmers.  Over 34,500 people live in Dartmoor National Park and many millions of visits are made to it each year.





 

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