Achievements recognised at ORN Awards 2024

The Outdoor Recreation Network (ORN) proudly announces the winners of the ORN Success Awards 2024, celebrating exemplary efforts in the outdoor recreation sector across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The inaugural awards ceremony was held on 11th April 2024 in picturesque setting of Glendalough, Co. Wicklow as part of the ORN Conference ‘Navigating Outdoor Recreation with Insights’.

The award categories aligned to the themes of the ORN Action Plan 2022-2025 and in turn the key and current challenges of the outdoor recreation sector. The panel selected the following winners from a vast array of submissions:

Best Practice for Accessibility and Inclusion

Clare Sport Partnership

Development of a pioneering digital system, empowering trail managers and users to assess and evaluate trail accessibility in advance.

Best Example of Tackling Climate Change 

The National Trust

Climate Modelling – a groundbreaking project, demonstrating leadership and commitment to addressing the impacts of climate change across their portfolio.

Best Example of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Related Tourism and Visitor Management 

Ramblers Scotland

#RespectProtectEnjoy campaign – an innovative campaign which leveraged

social media platforms to promote responsible access and engagement with the outdoors.

Best Example for Improving Greenspace and Green Infrastructure

Forestry and Land Scotland

Glentress Masterplan – a comprehensive initiative fostering community engagement and sustainable tourism while enhancing greenspace infrastructure.

Best Contribution Towards Transforming Nature Connection 

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Generation Wild – a project which fosters meaningful connections with nature through immersive experiences and storytelling.

Best Example of Research Making an Impact

Natural England

Creating More Accessible Green and Blue Spaces – involving research to inform the approach to creating more accessible green and blue spaces for individuals with visual impairments, providing valuable insights and recommendations for the sector.

All nominees were highly commended for their efforts, reflecting the collective commitment of the outdoor recreation sector to positive change.

“We are thrilled to recognize the outstanding contributions of our winners and nominees,” said James Nevitt, Co-Chair of the ORN. “Their dedication to accessibility, sustainability, and fostering connections with nature is truly commendable and inspires us all.”

The esteemed panel with unenviable task of selecting the winners was Helen Lawless, Acting CEO Mountaineering Ireland, Mike McClure, Landscapes NI Development Manager, and Fiona Groves The Natural Route Director.

For more information about the ORN Awards and the winning projects, please visit www.outdoorrecreation.org.uk/newsletter/