Octavia Hill Award terms and conditions

The first part of Octavia's story began here in Cambridgeshire © Andrea Jones

The first part of Octavia's story began here in Cambridgeshire

  1. There are four Octavia Hill Awards, one for each of the following categories: Natural Hero, The People’s Campaigner, Green Space Guardians and a ‘Love Places’ Award (a specific award for National Trust volunteers). 
  2. Nominations for the Natural Hero, Green Space Guardians and The People’s Campaigner are welcome from residents of the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man excluding employees and the immediate families of the National Trust and Countryfile Magazine, their agents and anyone else professionally connected with the awards.
  3. National Trust staff and volunteers can only nominate people in the Love Places category which is for recognising the work of Trust volunteers.
  4. Nominations from anyone under 16 years require parent/guardian consent.
  5. Nominations should be made via our online entry form.
  6. You can nominate more than one person/group but each nomination must be done by submitting a separate nomination form.
  7. All entries must be completed on the official awards nomination form.
  8. The winners of the Octavia Hill Awards 2012 are not eligible to be nominated for the 2013 Awards.
  9. The awards open on 1 January 2013 and the closing date for receipt of nominations is midnight 28 February 2013.
  10. The awards are given for work undertaken between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2012. 
  11. There is no cash or alternative award available, in whole or in part, and the award will be awarded directly to the winning nominees.
  12. First stage nominations will be selected by representatives from the National Trust and Countryfile Magazine from all the nominations. Second stage nominations will be viewed by a selected panel of judges to shortlist. The panel of judges is appointed by the National Trust and Countryfile Magazine. There will be at least one independent representative/judge sitting on each panel in each stage of the nominations process.
  13. The representatives’ and judges’ decisions are final.
  14. People or organisations that have made it to the next stage will be contacted by phone or email.  No correspondence will be entered into.
  15. Nominations will be judged on the following criteria: has the nominee taken a creative or innovative approach to a problem? Are they tenacious and have not given up, even when faced with major obstacles? Has their work brought benefits to others (e.g. community farm/allotments providing food for others, a nice space giving people place to go)? Have they worked with the wider community to achieve their goals and does their work engage the wider public? Does their work have a specific positive impact for wildlife? How long-term is it, have they worked in a sustainable way? And is there anything they’ve done to “go the extra mile” – have they done something truly amazing, for example conducted a big fundraising effort to finance their project?
  16. Those shortlisted may be asked for additional material if necessary to meet the judges' criteria.
  17. There will be 12 shortlisted nominations (3 in each category) which will be put forward for a public vote. Details of the nominations will be available on the website.
  18. The public vote will take place from 8 April 2013 for one week.
  19. Voting for the winner of each category is restricted to one vote per household, per category.
  20. The nominated individuals or groups, or those nominating them may be required to participate in publicity work, including promotion in the media and through online and print formats produced by the National Trust and Countryfile Magazine. By entering the awards you agree and provide consent to take part in such publicity with no further recompense.
  21. Please note that, if you are: a participant under 12 years old, a parent or legal guardian must explicitly consent on your behalf to publication of your personal information and must agree to accompany you to any publicity events; or a participant between 12 and 16 years old, you are agreeing to participate in such publicity and publication of your personal information in the event that you are shortlisted for a prize. If you are in any doubt as to the implications of providing such consent please ask a parent or legal guardian to explain and ensure that they consent to your entry to the awards on the basis of these terms and conditions.
  22. Entry in the awards signifies acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  23. The National Trust and Countryfile Magazine reserves the right to withhold, change or cancel the awards in the event of non-compliance with these rules. The National Trust and Countryfile Magazine also reserves the right at their discretion to amend the rules at any time. Should this happen a notice will be displayed on these webpages.
  24. No responsibility is accepted by the National Trust and Countryfile Magazine for entries lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete or which cannot be entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of entry is not proof of receipt.
  25. By submitting a nomination, you grant the National Trust and Countryfile Magazine a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide licence to republish your nomination details and those of the person you are nominating, limited to name, organisation, (if applicable), and town, plus extracts from your application, in electronic format and hard copy.
  26. The National Trust and Countryfile Magazine may change its advertised panel of expert judges in the event of circumstances outside of its control.
  27. The judges reserve the right to transfer entrants into more suitable categories if necessary.
  28. The award winners will be announced in the June issue of Countryfile Magazine, at an awards ceremony in the last week of May and through general communications channels including the National Trust website and wider media.
  29. As part of the awards process nominators will supply the National Trust and Countryfile Magazine with contact details of their nominee, and this information will be used to contact them regarding a) additional information and b) to inform them that they are an award winner
  30. Any personal information, including, without limitation, your names, address, telephone number and/or email address will be used i) in connection with the awards ii) as set out in these terms and conditions. Personal data will not be disclosed to any third party, except to publicise the awards and for the purpose of fulfilling the award where applicable.

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