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Kirknewton Archaeology & Walking Festival has won Volunteer Project of the Year.
The UK National Parks 2014 Volunteer Awards have been announced – and volunteers at Northumberland National Park have scooped two of the four awards, which recognise the incredible contribution individuals and volunteer groups make to the betterment of our most prized landscapes.
The awards are an annual opportunity for the 15 members of UK's National Parks family to thank hundreds of volunteers, and recognises the efforts of those who have gone above and beyond expectations in helping to protect, maintain and enhance the environment and heritage of their area.
The awards are supported by Merrell, Natural Resources Wales and Natural England.
This year's judging panel comprised television presenter and outdoor enthusiast Helen Skelton, TV presenter Julia Bradbury, National Parks UK Director Kathryn Cook, and Simon Vingoe, the UK marketing manager for National Parks brand partner Merrell.
The awards were broken into four categories and the two Northumberland National Park winners were:
Young Volunteer of the Year - Jerome Bass, Northumberland National Park (Council for National Parks Mosaic Youth Project)
Known to friends as Jerry, Jerome volunteers for Northumberland National Park through the Mosaic Youth Project. Coming from a financially challenging situation, Jerry typically makes use of sustainable transportation when getting to the park but has been known to walk several miles to be able to take part in volunteering activities.
Volunteer Project of the Year - Kirknewton Archaeology & Walking Festival, Northumberland National Park
A celebration of the archaeology and cultural history of the Northumberland National Park area, the weekend is comprised of numerous events including guided trips to special sites, guided walks, evening talks, a literature course, demonstrations of ancient crafts, and music played on the traditional Northumbrian pipes.
Paddy Villiers-Stuart, CNP Mosaic Youth Project Officer, said: "It is so exciting that Jerry has won this award. I am over the moon that he has received such recognition for his efforts and commitment."
Anne Logan, one of the leading volunteers who helped organise the Kirknewton Festival, speaking on behalf of the volunteers, said: "I am delighted Kirknewton Festival has won this award. The festival is about showcasing the world class archaeology and stunning scenery of the north end of The Cheviot Hills. This award will encourage us all in planning our next Kirknewton Festival in 2016."
Volunteering contributes significantly to the management of Northumberland National Park, one of the most remote – and tranquil – national parks in the UK and its volunteers come from all over the rural and urban areas of North East England.
John Riddle, Chairman of Northumberland National Park, said: "It is great the excellent work of the volunteers is recognised in these awards. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and differing age groups, their knowledge, enthusiasm and good work are invaluable to National Parks and the environment. Congratulations to the winners."
To learn more about the winners and what makes their work so special visit: