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Voluntary Ranger ‘thrilled’ with national award after completing over 3,000 hours for National Park

David Bream pictured rightDavid Bream pictured right

TV presenter and explorer Paul Rose presented one of the top volunteers from the North York Moors National Park Authority with a special award today recognising his ‘passion’ and ‘commitment’ to wildlife. At the annual UK National Parks Volunteer Awards sponsored by Columbia Sportswear, Voluntary Ranger David Bream received the Individual Award following six years of dedicated volunteering.

The Awards recognise the outstanding contribution that volunteers make in helping to care for National Park landscapes and inspiring others to care for them. There were four categories of award: individuals, young people, groups and projects. The Young Person Award was won by Katie Armstrong and the Group Award was won by South Tyne Sustainability - both from the Northumberland National Park. The Project Award was won by the Rare Invertebrates project from the Cairngorms National Park.

David Bream pictured far left among staff from the North York Moors National Park Authority and other volunteersDavid was recognised for completing over 3,000 hours of volunteering since 2013. He is a Voluntary Ranger, carrying out weekend patrols, checking public rights of way, repairing minor problems and helping the public to enjoy their visit to the National Park. He was also one of the first Task Day Leaders in the North York Moors National Park - highly qualified volunteers who lead groups on practical tasks. 

Debbie Trafford, Head of Recreation and Ranger Services at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “It was very difficult to nominate just one of our many fantastic volunteers, as they are all dedicated, hardworking individuals committed to the values of our National Park. We chose David this year as he has always been willing to take on the less glamorous tasks day after day and is an excellent ambassador for volunteering.

“He is always willing to try something new, to trial a new approach and give really constructive feedback. He seems tireless in his commitment and is enormously passionate about the National Park, the landscape and wildlife, and the work of the Authority - we are delighted he has been recognised.

“We will be putting more of our amazing volunteers forward for next year’s awards as they all deserve to be recognised for everything that they do.”

David said: “When I first started volunteering six years ago I did not realise what a large and satisfying part of my life this would become. My volunteering has brought me into contact with a wide variety of people, both permanent staff and volunteers, who have a huge range of knowledge and enthusiasm about the National Park. It is great to be a small part of such a passionate group of people.

“The last year has been especially rewarding for me as I have worked with young people, including excluded pupils and Duke of Edinburgh Award candidates. For the next four years I will also be helping out on the Ryevitalise project whose aim it is to revitalise the River Rye's natural and cultural heritage - none of this would I have ever envisaged before I retired.”

The four awards, including group and project bursaries supported by CLIF, were presented by Paul Rose at the Kendal Mountain Festival on Saturday 16 November. Winners were presented with their award on stage in the lively ‘basecamp’ area of the Kendal Mountain Festival, and had a chance to talk to the audience about what volunteering means to them.

The judging panel this year was made up of the volunteer coordinators from all of the National Parks and they made the following statement: “Judging these awards is a humbling experience as it gives us the opportunity to learn about so many people and projects that are making an immense contribution to the 15 National Parks across the UK. It was a difficult choice this year as there were so many inspiring entries.”

The awards are sponsored by Columbia Sportswear who provide clothing for staff and Rangers in all of the 15 UK National Parks. Eoin Treacy, Regional Marketing Manager at Columbia Sportswear said: "Huge congratulations to this year’s amazing winning volunteers. Volunteers give their time, energy, skills and enthusiasm to help care for the UK's 15 incredible National Parks. It's this inspiring contribution that Columbia Sportswear is proud to celebrate through sponsorship of these Awards.”

Individual winners will receive prizes including clothing provided by Columbia Sportswear and products from CLIF. In addition, a £500 CLIF Bursary is given to each of the Group and Project winners together with a selection of CLIF Bars to help their volunteer work.

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Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
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About the National Parks


The UK’s National Parks are the best places to explore the British countryside. They are free to enter and explore and have 104 million visits each year. There are 15 National Parks in the UK, 10 in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland. For more information please visit the National Parks website.  
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Contact: Naomi Conway, naomi.conway@nationalparks.co.uk, 07950 392979

About Columbia

Columbia is the official apparel partner to the UK National Parks. Columbia has been creating innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for outdoor enthusiasts since 1938. Columbia has become a leading global brand by channelling the company's passion for the outdoors and innovative spirit into technologies and performance products that keep people warm, dry, cool and protected year-round. To learn more, please visit the Columbia Sportswear website.

About the North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families. To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, please visit the North York Moors National Park website.