Pembrokeshire Coast Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners initiative shortlisted for the Campaign for National Parks Park Protector of the Year Award. Cleaning the seabed of rubbish and removing discarded fishing equipment to enhance our marine environment have been recognised in this year’s annual Campaign for National Parks Park Protector of the Year Award.

The Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners (NARC), which operates off the Pembrokeshire Coast project is one of five exciting conservation, heritage and amenity projects in the running for the Campaign for National Parks’ prestigious annual Park Protector Award, sponsored by the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust.

It has been shortlisted following judging from a total of 15 projects. The winning entry – to be announced at the end of the month, will receive £2,000 at a parliamentary reception in London on 21 October.

Fiona Howie, Campaign for National Parks Chief Executive, said she was delighted by the variety and impressed with the quality of projects entered this year: “We have had some excellent, innovative projects which have shown how working in partnership with others can have a real and lasting positive impact on communities across our National Parks.”

Award sponsors Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust judge Jeremy Colls, added he was pleased with the range of projects nominated this year: “These are generally strong projects which reflect well on the diversity and utility of work within the National Parks. Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners is tackling an unglamorous and largely unseen but very harmful blight on the littoral fringes of a coastal park.”

 
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