9 February 2017

Beatrix Potter Award Winners 2016

The presentation of the first ever National Trust Beatrix Potter Awards held at the Lindeth Howe Hotel, Windermere, on the 7th February 2017.

The Awards were the final part of the National Trust’s year of celebration that took place throughout 2016, which would have been Beatrix Potter’s 150th Birthday. It felt like a fitting and appropriate end to hold these awards at the end of this very special year.

The Categories, Winners and Runners-up were as follows:

Category Winner Runners Up Judges
Story Illustration:

Under 7 years

Maisie Nicholas


Thomas Merrington, Brand Manager, Peter Rabbit: Penguin Random House

Katie Bond, National Trust Publisher

Jo Epsom, Children’s Illustrator

Story Illustration:

8-12 Years

Jake Maisy


Thomas Merrington, Brand Manager, Peter Rabbit: Penguin Random House

Katie Bond, National Trust Publisher

Jo Epsom, Children’s Illustrator

Looking after Landscape Watchtree Nature Reserve Fix the Fells Volunteer Lengthsmen John Hodgson, Lake District National Park

John Hooson, National Trust

Farming with Nature Sam & Can Hodgson Glencoyne Farm Pete Webster, Matson Ground Farm

Bekka & David Corrie-Close, The Horned Beef Company.

Richard Park, Low Sizergh Farm

Alistair Wright, National Trust

Jenny Grange, Natural England

Herdwick Champion Anthony Hartley, Turner Hall Farm Stanley Jackson, Nook Farm

Jean Wilson, Dockray Farm

Amanda Carson, HSBA

Neil Johnson, National Trust

Mervyn Edwards

Local Hero Lindsay Buck Helen Towers (Youthability Volunteers)

Lynn Roberts

Lorrainne Smyth, Voluntary Action Cumbria

Judith Holdshaw, Cumbria Volunteer Service

Vicky Wilkinson, National Trust

Community Business Inspired by Lakeland The Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden;

Lorton Village Shop

Sarah Stables, Cumbria University

Suzanne Caldwell, Cumbria Chamber

Mike Innerdale, National Trust

Looking after Beatrix’s Legacy Terry Davies Amanda Marshall Stacey McShane, World of Beatrix Potter

John Moffat, National Trust

Harvey Wilkinson, National Trust

Each nominee and winner enjoyed a delicious locally sourced lunch at the Lindeth Howe Hotel, once owned by Beatrix Potter. The winners of the Illustration Award also received £25 worth of books each from Penguin Random House. All the winners received a certificate and a special award, sourced from one of the woodlands on Beatrix’s estate.

John Moffat, General Manager, South Lakes & Beatrix Potter properties said:
“We have been delighted with the response to our first National Trust Beatrix Potter Awards, and would like to congratulate all the winners and the runners-up. It shows just how relevant Beatrix is today, even 150 years after her birth”.

David Felton & Evelyn Sinclair of Inspired by Lakeland, who won the Community Business Award said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to win the Award: everything we sell is sourced and made locally with profits ploughed back into sustainable local businesses & Cumbrian-based charities. The Award echoes the passion that we’ve both brought to the project – which we are keen to keep true to Cumbria and the Lake District”.

Richard Speirs, from the Watchtree Nature Reserve, who won the award for Looking after Landscape, said: “We’re delighted to be a winner, as this award recognises the commitment and volunteer involvement which has been essential to the development of what was, in 2001, a burial site for Foot & Mouth; and before that, a wartime airfield. It is now a thriving, well-visited nature reserve and cycling trail community asset.”

One of the finalists, David & Bekka Corrie-Close of the Horned Beef Company Limited said: “The Horned Beef Company is thrilled to be a finalist for the Farming with Nature Award. We think Beatrix Potter would be proud to see so many individuals and businesses working hard to continue her legacy. These awards will recognise some unsung heroes in The Lake District and be a great way to tell their stories.”

Image Credit:
National Trust by Steve Barber
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