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National Trust seeks real rural heroes in memory of founder Octavia Hill

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

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The National Trust has launched a search for the unsung heroes who are doing the most to look after green spaces – and Westcountry candidates will be in the running.

A competition set up by the Trust and Countryfile magazine aims to find people and groups dedicated to protecting and championing natural spaces, in memory of social reformer, environmental champion and Trust founder Octavia Hill.

Nominations received in four categories – natural hero, green space guardians, people’s champion and the ‘love places’ award – will be judged by a panel of experts before being put to a public vote online.

The natural hero category looks for an exceptional individual who has devoted time and energy to protecting green spaces, and inspired communities to do the same.

The green space guardians section recognises groups and organisations that have championed and promoted green spaces and places.

The people’s champion highlights the work of someone in the public eye to inspire people to enjoy and protect the outdoors.

And the ‘love places’ award is specifically for National Trust volunteers, individuals or groups, who have helped local communities benefit from their open spaces and gone beyond the call of duty.

Helen Timbrell, volunteering and community involvement director at the National Trust, said: “Most of the special places we all love are dependent on the commitment and passion of volunteers.

“These awards are all about recognising that energy and showing that the legacy and spirit of Octavia Hill is alive and well in how we value our green places as a nation.”

More information on the awards and how to nominate people or organisations can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/octaviaawards

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