Beatrix Potter Awards - nominations open

This year, we’ve been celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, the world famous author, illustrator, farmer and supporter of The National Trust. To bring the year to an exciting and fitting close, we’re thrilled to be launching the first ever National Trust Beatrix Potter Awards. This new awards scheme will celebrate different aspects of Beatrix’s work and interests by recognising by the lives and activities of people today, and how she has inspired them – either directly, or subliminally through their love of things that were important to her. There are various categories, and for this inaugural year, available to people and businesses living and working within Cumbria. The awards have now closed and you can see the list of winners and runners-up below.

Winners of the first Beatrix Potter Awards in the grounds of Lindeth Howe Hotel

Beatrix Potter Awards Winners announced

The first Beatrix Potter awards were the perfect end to the 150 Anniversary celebrations.

Three classic illustrations from The Tale of Peter Rabbit

1. Story Illustration Award  

This award is open to both adults and children living within Cumbria - it's your chance to show us your creative skills and be inspired by nature.

Yew Tree Farm

2. Looking after Landscape Award 

This is a community based award, celebrating the creation and careful management of local landscapes for nature and/or cultural heritage across Cumbria.

close up of moth with wings open on leaf

3. Farming with Nature Award 

This award is about Farming with Nature and we're looking for the best examples of nature-rich farming within the Lake District.

Grey and white Herdwick sheep

4. Herdwick Champion Award 

This award recognises that Beatrix Potter loved Herdwick sheep and worked tirelessly to protect them. Help us find our modern-day champion of this iconic Lake District breed.

Local hero dry stone walling

5. Local Hero Award 

With this award we're looking for a local hero. It's to recognise and celebrate all they do across Cumbria.

Snowy Scafell Pike

6. Community Business Award 

This award celebrates local businesses that have a similar ethos to Beatrix - demonstrating their passion for Cumbria, contributing to the area and its communities and putting something back directly to support the Lake District.

Beatrix Potter as an older woman in the Hill Top garden with one of her sheepdogs

7. Looking after Beatrix's Legacy Award 

This award recognises an individual who regularly gives their time to look after part of Beatrix Potters’ extensive legacy.