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Scouring the Landscape for a North Pennines Champion

Do you know someone who selflessly dedicates countless hours of their life to look after the protected landscape of the North Pennines? If so, we want to hear from you.

For the second year running, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership is scouring every last one of the 2,000 sq km of the North Pennines to find someone worthy of winning The Pendlebury Award.

Bob Pendlebury's grandson, Ross Thompson, Margaret Bradshaw and Cllr Eddie Tomlinson

Bob Pendlebury's grandson, Ross Thompson, Margaret Bradshaw and Cllr Eddie Tomlinson

Nominations will open on Monday, April 14 and close on May, 28. They are invited by the public and more information and forms can be found on at www.northpennines.org.uk

The award, named after the organisation’s first chairman, former councillor and lifelong nature enthusiast Bob Pendlebury OBE, was created as a tribute to Bob’s hard work following his death in 2012.

Last June, in its inaugural year, the award was presented to Dr Margaret Bradshaw MBE, from Eggleston in Teesdale, for her dedication to studying and championing the rare species of plants in the area.

After nearly a year as the first holder of The Pendlebury Award, Margaret explained what the accolade has meant to her. She said: "I was surprised and very thrilled to be the first recipient of The Pendlebury Award in recognition of the work I have done over many years towards the understanding and conservation of the very special flora and vegetation in the AONB, along with ID courses and guided walks.”

But despite wanting to keep the ‘beautiful’ award, which was designed by artist and fellow conservationist Kirsty Armstrong from Brampton, near Carlisle, Margaret will be reluctantly handing it over at the AONB Partnership’s Annual Forum in June.

Like last year the Partnership is looking for someone special to be the second person to have their name engraved on the award which features iconic elements of the North Pennines landscape, as well as a figure of Bob.

The recipient will be someone who has made a significant contribution to looking after the natural beauty of the North Pennines, from its wildlife and plants to its geology and heritage. And people who have had a deep involvement in encouraging enjoyment and understanding, as well as supporting local communities can also be nominated.

The AONB Partnership’s current chairman, Cllr Eddie Tomlinson, said: “I am delighted to open the 2014 nominations for the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s annual Pendlebury Award. The award is a real celebration of the people and organisations that do so much to keep the North Pennines such a special place.”

The recipient of The Pendlebury Award will be decided through a ballot of the members of the AONB Partnership.

Chris Woodley-Stewart, the Director of the AONB Partnership, said: “We wanted to pay tribute to Bob, and all the work he did during his lifetime, and an award acknowledging the hard work of likeminded people is, I’m sure, something he would approve of.

“As well as being out first chairman Bob was also involved in huge amount of other organisations including the Crook and Weardale Ramblers, The North Pennines Tourism Partnership and The Friends of Killhope.

“Margaret was a very worthy first winner and we’re sure there are plenty of unsung heroes out there who are equally as worthy – we just need someone to tell us about them.”

The Pendlebury Award will be decided through a ballot of the members of the North Pennines AONB Partnership.

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