I am a retired teacher who lived in Hemel Hempstead from 1974 until 1986 and more recently from 2012 until the present.
I have always been passionate about wildlife and environmental issues. Soon after moving back to Hemel, I joined the Dacorum Environmental Forum and since then have been involved in setting up a charity to manage the Halsey Field Local Wildlife Site in Gadebridge. In 2017 I became a joint warden of Butterfly Conservation’s Millhoppers Nature Reserve near Tring and also a committee member of the Friends of Gadebridge Park.
I am keen to learn and to enthuse other people about environmental matters, and in 2016 followed a course on ‘Ecology, Conservation and Habitat Management’ run by the university of Exeter.
Manifesto if elected:
I feel proud and enthusiastic about living in a town where the Box Moor Trust owns and manages such a variety of sites and organizes a wide-ranging educational programme. Since moving back to Hemel in 2012, I have acquainted myself with the Box Moor Trust’s lands and have gained significant knowledge of the flora and fauna of each site. I have attended courses run by the Box Moor Trust on Flowering plants and mosses, and I have been a regular volunteer, both helping with land management, monitoring flora and fauna, and assisting at educational events.
As chairman of the charity Friends of Halsey Field I have been involved in:
- Organising and leading regular work parties to carry out the management of the site.
- Applying for grants.
- Managing funds.
- Organising events such as moth surveys, an open day and bio blitz.
- Walking a weekly butterfly transect on the site for Butterfly Conservation.
Experiences as a member of the Friends of Gadebridge park include:
- Monitoring the invertebrate population of the Gade every month and submitting results to the Riverflies Partnership and Environment Agency.
- Liaising with DBC to enhance the biodiversity of the park and Hemel Hempstead’s open spaces.
I feel confident that the skills, knowledge and experience I have gained through the above activities would help me to communicate effectively about the aims and objectives of the Trust, work in a team, assist with environmental and sustainability issues and contribute to the Trust’s educational programme.