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Peeling Back the Layers is ‘Highly Commended’

Gordon Miller Award Certificate

Lynn Burrow nominated the Peeling Back The Layers project for a new award in November – ‘The Gordon Miller Award’ – which celebrates countryside projects and group or individuals contributions across the UK (there is further information about the award and a link to an article about Gordon Miller below).

Myself (Rose Clarke) and some other Ranger colleagues attended the Countryside Management Association (CMA) 50th Anniversary conference last week where I had a 15 minute pitch to Rangers and countryside professionals from across the UK to showcase the Peeling Back the Layers Project and it’s achievements (so far) before delegates voted for their favourite project.

We were up against 3 other projects:

  1. Coed Y Bont – A Community Woodland project in Ceredigion, Mid-Wales

  2. Sticklepath Conservation Group – A 25yr running Volunteer conservation group in Dartmoor National Park

  3. Natural England Nature Reserve dedication project – a national access and nature conservation project.

All of us did a presentation (thanks for putting ours together Lynn) and explained the why, what, where and how of our projects. I also took the Lidar maps and some of Elspeth’s finds (pre-project, which helped initiate enthusiasm to start the Tudor Farming Project and thus the PBTL Project).

Alas, the Sticklepath group project received the trophy but all were highly commended (and I was told we came a close second)! You can see the certificate we received above. Various delegates commented on how they thought the project sounded very interesting. There should also be an article on all projects in the next ‘Ranger’ magazine which the CMA publish quarterly to members (the PDNPA Ranger service is a corporate member).

So well done to everyone who contributed to the project!

For those of you who want to know more, here is some information about the award and Gordon Miller:

“The search is underway to find the most deserving project, initiative or innovative practice that has made or is making an outstanding contribution to countryside/urban green-space management for the Gordon Miller Award 2016. The Award will then be presented annually, with the ‘trophy’ being passed to the next recipient. The Award is a way of acknowledging the hard work and commitment of people who contribute to making the UK’s countryside and urban greenspace a wonderful and inspiring place to visit, live and work in. Each year CMA will look for a person or a group of people for whom sharing their knowledge, skills, experience and enthusiasm has resulted in an exceptional contribution to the management of the countryside and/or urban greenspace of the UK. Nominations can be projects, initiatives or innovative practices that have resulted in positive improvements for habitats, species, access or people (education or interpretation).. You can nominate a person or organisation that you feel deserves to be the winner of this year’s Award, or you can put one of your own projects forward.”

Gordon Miller is a retired Peak District Area Ranger who has done an awful lot of work to promote rangers and countryside staff and their work around the world, and he has set up the International Rangers Federation. If you click on the link below it will take you to an article in the Derby Evening Telegraph from a while ago: European title recognises Peak District ranger


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