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Seeking Landscape Guardians

For the third year running the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership is looking to publically recognise the work of someone whose dedication to conserving the special qualities of this unique landscape goes ‘above and beyond’.

The Pendlebury Award, named after the Partnership’s first chairman, Bob Pendlebury OBE, celebrates an individual’s commitment to looking after the second largest AONB.

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Nominations are now open for anyone to put forward a friend, colleague or family member, that either lives or works in the North Pennines, who they think is a worthy recipient.

Kaye Jemmeson, the Partnership’s marketing & communications lead, who is co-ordinating the award, said: “We’ve had two deserving and wonderful winners and we’re on the hunt again for someone who tirelessly dedicates their time to caring for the area’s landscape, wildlife and historic buildings.

“Length of service isn’t necessarily important, it’s as much about the effort they make and the passion for what they do. The North Pennines a big place to look after but thankfully there are so many people who feel such a pride in it, they feel a responsibility to look after it.”

The first winner of the award was Teesdale-based botanist Dr Margaret Bradshaw MBE who then handed it over for former Durham County Council ranger and conservation volunteer Dave Liddle in 2014.

The award, which is a specially commission sculpture by Cumbrian artist Kirsty Armstrong, will be presented at the Partnership’s Annual Forum which is being held at Bowlees Visitor Centre on June 26.

Chris Woodley-Stewart, the Partnership’s director, said: “Bob was a true champion of the North Pennines. He enjoyed this landscape immensely but also realised that for future generations to enjoy it in the same way, he needed to do everything he could to look after it.

“His dedication was tireless and when I think about the amount of things he did, from being a local councillor to volunteering for the Durham Wildlife Trust and then becoming our first chairman, I never fail to be inspired by him. And to have this award in his name is just a small way of recognising his efforts, and those who follow in his footsteps.”

Along with the presentation of The Pendlebury Award, the Annual Forum will also provide a chance for people to get an insight into some of the work carried out by the Partnership over the past year. There will be an opportunity to have a closer look at Teesdale’s hay meadows and its sites of archaeological importance and also take advantage of the new North Pennines Electric Bike Network which now has bikes for hire at locations throughout the area, including Bowlees Visitor Centre.

Nominations need to be put forward by noon on Friday, May 22 and the winner will be selected through a ballot of members of the North Pennines AONB Partnership.

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