Shar­ing their love for pre­serv­ing the river

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 -

HUS­BAND and wife team Bob and Ch­eryll Older of Chal­font St Peter who have worked hard to pre­serve a river have been put for­ward for the En­vi­ron­men­tal Project cat­e­gory.

They work with schools, busi­nesses and other com­mu­nity groups to en­cour­age the preser­va­tion of the River Mis­bourne, which flows through Bucks.

The Mis­bourne is a chalk stream, a glob­ally rare and threat­ened habi­tat and is iden­ti­fied by the UK bio­di­ver­sity steer­ing group as a key pri­or­ity habi­tat.

Bob and Ch­eryll have made it their busi­ness for sev­eral years to main­tain its health, which has also helped flora and fauna.

They have been nom­i­nated by Erica Neustadt of the Change for Chal­font Group, who said: “Bob and Ch­eryll reg­u­larly or­gan­ise work­ing par­ties to clear the banks, keep the flow go­ing and to mon­i­tor the wildlife which is sup­ported by it. They col­lect data, en­gage with lo­cal schools, youth groups and lo­cal busi­nesses, and co-or­di­nate with the Chiltern So­ci­ety and the En­vi­ron­ment Agency in their ef­forts to look af­ter the river.

“It is true to say that they have worked tire­lessly and very suc­cess­fully, and not only have they kept the river in good nick, but they have also con­trib­uted enor­mously to the com­mu­nity spirit in the Chal­fonts.”

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