Broads conservation groups could benefit from £2,000 funding

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Conservationists working to protect the Broads could secure £2,000 from a national scheme celebrating efforts to preserve national parks.

The Campaign for National Parks (CNP) has launched this year's Park Protector Awards, which encourage initiatives and activities in the areas across England and Wales.

While the Broads are not legally a national park, they have been part of the so-called national park family since 1989, and come under the scope of the awards.

The winning project, which can be run by a group or individual, must conserve or contribute to the biodiversity of the area and protect or restore its natural or built heritage.

Fiona Howie, chief executive of the CNP, said: 'Throughout our National Parks there is fantastic work taking place by people who love the Parks. This is a great opportunity for organisations to promote and showcase the projects that make our National Parks so special.'

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Projects must also have demonstrated excellence in delivery and innovation in some form, whether in techniques, technologies, engagement or funding models.

Last year's winner was Fell Futures, a scheme designed to address a skills shortage in the Lake District.

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The initiative trained 12 apprentices and 30 volunteers in skills such as dry-stone walling, habitat conservation, forestry, lime mortaring and upload stone pitching.

To enter the awards, which are supported by Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust, visit

Nomnations are open until Sunday, July 3.

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