Many people will not have heard of Octavia Hill before but she is of monumental importance to the founding of green campaigning and social reform. Octavia hill led a very interesting and influential life. She set up some of the first social housing schemes in London to tackle the staggering poverty that existed.
Another of Octavia Hill’s main concerns was that green, open spaces were available to all. She campaigned rigoursly against the development upon woodlands and she was one of the founders of the National Trust.
As next year is the centenary of her death, the National Trust have launched an awards ceremony to honour those individuals who are carrying on Octavia Hill’s work today.
The exciting part is that anyone can be nominated for an award! The awards are open to anyone who you feel is helping to ensure that green areas are preserved and are involved with raising awareness about the importance of green spaces. This could be your teacher, rangers, guides and anyone else who is are passing on their enthusiasm and knowledge about conservation to the next generation. They are also looking for people in the public eye who are using their influence to make a positive difference.
Perhaps you know of a group or individual that would be worthy of a nomination. Here are some examples of people getting involved in conservation.
Conservation co-ordinator and the giants causeway.
Sea bird conservation.
And for people who take the time to organise and participate.
If you know someone who carries out great conservation work then this is the perfect opportunity to see that recognised. A nomination will honour both the individual and the memory of Octavia Hill. You can learn more about Octavia Hill’s life on this timeline.
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