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Medal for man who helped to save hills
9:00am Tuesday 16th October 2012 in News
A FAMILIAR face from the Malvern Hills has been honoured for his contribution to preserving the area’s natural habitats.
Ian Rowat, former director of Malvern Hills Conservators, was presented with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Medal when the group held its annual meeting on Wednesday.
Mr Rowat left the Conservators after 13 years earlier this year to take up a new role as the Welsh Government appointee to the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Kate Thomas, head of resources at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, said the honour was richly deserved.
“During Ian’s directorship there were many changes to the management of the hills, especially in recognising the great importance of open habitats and the need for restoration,” she said.
“He fundamentally changed the practical management of the hills, from doing little to active habitat restoration through scrub clearance and the re-introduction of grazing by sheep and cattle under the direct care of the Conservators.
In many ways Ian and the team have saved the unique habitats of the hills from degradation and loss.”
Twelve Worcestershire volunteers were also recognised with the trust’s WIld Service award in recognition of their contributions.
Recipients included Trevor and Annette Smart, of Lulsley, near Malvern, and Margaret Vernon, of Malvern.
The annual meeting was followed by a talk by Peter Garner, which is open to all and entitled The Natural Wonders of the Malvern Hills.