THE North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership is looking for outstanding people who have made a difference to the conservation of the area.

Nominations are open for the Partnership’s annual Pendlebury Award, which recognises those who go the extra mile to look after the globally important North Pennines landscape. The award is open to groups and individuals involved in conservation in the area.

This year will be the sixth time the award has been given, inspired by the late Bob Pendlebury, the first chair of the North Pennines AONB Partnership. He was also a local councillor and a great campaigner for the area.

Director, Chris Woodley-Stewart, said: “Since the award’s inception in 2013, there have been some excellent recipients who have shown tremendous commitment to the North Pennines. The award is a way for the AONB Partnership to recognise those people who do so much for the area’s landscape, wildlife and heritage, either in their working lives or in their spare time.”

Previous winners of the award include botanist Dr Margaret Bradshaw OBE, Durham Countryside Ranger David Liddle, Ian Forbes MBE, who ran Killhope, North of England Lead Mining Museum, and Chris and Heather McCarty who worked side-by-side at Natural England’s Moor House - Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve.

Last year Sinderhope farmer, Robert Philipson won the award. His methods of farming in harmony with the natural environment have led to great numbers of upland wading birds breeding successfully on his farmland.

The winner will be announced at the AONB Partnership’s Annual Forum, on May 22, in Upper Teesdale. For a nomination form, contact Simon Wilson at simon@northpenninesaonb.org.uk, call 01388-528801 or visit northpennines.org.uk