The Bowland Award

2018 winner: Wye Valley River Festival

The Bowland Award

The Bowland Award, a hen harrier sculpture in bronze, is awarded annually for the best project, best practice or outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Award is one of our ways of acknowledging the tireless work of people who contribute to making the UK’s AONBs wonderful places to visit, live and work in. Each year we look for a person or a group of people for whom sharing, learning, inspiring is a way of life and who have made an outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of AONBs. Awards are made at a special ceremony at the annual Landscapes for Life Conference.

Since its inception in 1999 the Bowland Award has been awarded to 17 people.

Previous recipients of the Bowland Award are:

  • 1999 – Professor Gerald Smart
  • 2000 – The Rt. Hon The Lord Renton of Mount Harry
  • 2002 – Ray Woolmore
  • 2004 – Richard Butler
  • 2005 – The Rt Hon Alun Michael  MP
  • 2006 – The Countryside Agency
  • 2007 – Professor Adrian Phillips CBE
  • 2008 – Simon Hooton
  • 2009 – Mike Taylor OBE
  • 2010 – Butterfly Conservation
  • 2011 – The Gower Society
  • 2012 – Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project
  • 2013 – Chilterns Chalk Stream Project
  • 2014 – North Pennines AONB Altogether Archaeology Project
  • 2015 – Cranborne Chase AONB South Wiltshire Farmland Birds Project
  • 2016 – Dorset AONB Stepping into Nature Project
  • 2017 – North Pennines AONB Nectarworks project
  • 2018 – Wye Valley River Festival
Bowland Award 2017

2017 winner: North Pennines AONB Nectarworks project