National Park's Duncan Wise has won an award in recognition of his conservation efforts.

Mr Wise and the partners involved in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park partnership, have brought in more than £25 million in revenue for the area's economy.

He has won gold at the Visit England’s Awards for Excellence, which took place in Liverpool last Wednesday, June 5.

Mr Wise, a visitor development and tourism  officer at the park, was nominated in the 'unsung hero' category, which recognised his role in establishing the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park ten years ago.

It is the largest gold-status dark sky park in Europe.

Mr Wise also won gold earlier this year at the North East Tourism Awards in the same category, which put him on Visit England’s national stage.

Mr Wise said: "It’s an honour to be recognised on a national level for following my passion to conserve our vital dark skies and support people in discovering how wonderful they are.

"I feel truly fortunate to work every day with colleagues, volunteers, and partners who share my passion for Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and I hope will continue to conserve these wonderful skies for future generations to enjoy.”

Tony Gates, chief executive of Northumberland National Park Authority, said:

"Northumberland National Park is England's most tranquil place, and our dark skies play a big part in that.

"Duncan’s enthusiasm and passion for dark skies has not only helped Northumberland National Park but many other UK National Parks to secure dark sky designation and encourage dark sky conservation.

"He’s been an unsung hero to us all for some time and we’re proud he has received national recognition, far beyond the National Park family, for his contribution to dark skies tourism in England.

"Without Duncan’s tireless efforts to get people to care about Northumberland’s wonderous dark skies, Northumberland would be a far less attractive and place to visit for those wishing to experience one of our natural wonders."

Recently, the park was voted the best place in the UK for star-gazing in a Jessops poll.