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Who will be the 2016 Fields in Trust 'Young Champion’?

Posted on 15 September 2016

Groundwork is pleased to once again be supporting Fields in Trust this year by sponsoring the ‘Young Champion’ award.

The award is designed to recognise the exemplary work and dedication of a young person aged between 16-24 who has gone the extra mile for their local greenspace.

Whether it’s a person who has pledged to protect their local community garden or someone who has has been dedicated to making their park picture perfect, the award celebrates the amazing work that young people are doing across the UK to make their community a greener and happier place to live in.  

The winner will be following the footsteps of last year’s winner, George Friend who was recognised for his commitment to campaigning for the refurbishment of Aubrey Meads Play Area, a space that is now a fun and safe play-area the whole community can enjoy.

Sarah Reece-Mills, Director of Partnerships and Programmes said:

"We are delighted to once again be sponsoring this award to recognise and celebrate the work young people are doing to help preserve their local greenspace.

"We look forward to seeing all the applications come through and are excited to crown this year’s winner in November."

Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths said:

"Overall our awards celebrate the important role played by many organisations and individuals in protecting and improving outdoor space but hearing the stories of our Young Champions is particularly heart-warming.

"If all parts of the country had young champions our outdoor spaces would be better protected and always there be enjoyed by communities in the towns and villages that they serve."

The deadline for nominations is Sunday 23 October 2016. You can download a flyer here.

If you know a young person that’s worthy of winning the award, nominate them here.  

To find out more about the awards, please click here.