We’ve had nominations from across the UK and the standard this year has been really high.

The three winners, who include a group of green space guardians marking their silver jubilee, a red squirrel champion and a passionate birdwatcher, saw off strong competition in the public vote, and will appear in the July issue of Countryfile Magazine and attend an awards ceremony with all the other shortlisted finalists in the autumn.

Celebrating one of our founders

Octavia Hill died in 1912, and to mark the centenary we set up these awards, in partnership with Countryfile Magazine, to celebrate individuals and groups that are keeping her legacy alive.

Natural Hero

Your Natural Hero was Mike Barrett in Norfolk, who at 89 years old is still volunteering at Titchwell Marsh, four half-days a week helping people with wildlife queries and hands-on reserve management.

Green Space Guardians

Stroud Valleys Project in Gloucestershire were crowned your Green Space Guardians, and are now in their 25th year working with volunteers to ensure green spaces and unused land is taken care of in the area.

'Love Places' award

Specifically for National Trust volunteers, this category was won by Allan Davies, from County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Allan's been a volunteer at Cushenden for almost three years working to increase the number of rare red squirrels on the site.

The categories

There are four categories in the Octavia Hill awards, each one designed to celebrate different green heroes or community champions.

Meet the judges

Meet the impressive panel of judges that we've brought together to judge the awards.

Find out more

A positive and uplifting experience

Roger Parkinson, winner of the 2012 Natural Hero category

Roger Parkinson, winner of the 2012 Natural Hero category

We asked Roger Parkinson, winner of last year's Natural Hero Award what winning meant to him:

'It has raised my confidence knowing that so many people feel the way I do and given an inspiring seal of approval for my efforts. Thank you National Trust and to my nominator for this positive and uplifting experience.'

Last year's winners

Learn more about the winners of our 2012 Octavia Hill Awards.