His dream was that this piece of land should not be built on but should be saved for the community to enjoy forever. He was successful because there is a 125-year lease and the woodland has been nationally recognised as an excellent example of what can be achieved by community action. He lived to see the woodland brought back under management. It is kept safe and tidy, has secure boundaries with disabled access, the paths are in better condition and there is an active team of trustees to manage it into the future. He was so proud of what has been achieved and gained great pleasure from knowing how much all the people who use the woodland enjoy it, appreciate it and help to care for it. His death is a great and tragic loss to his family, to all who knew him, to the village and to the wider community.
We will miss him.