Gone but not for­got­ten

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IWAS sur­prised that nei­ther the name Guy Daw­ber nor Patrick Aber­crom­bie was cho­sen by any of your con­trib­u­tors in ‘The voices that speak up for Na­ture’ (July 26). To­gether, they were the prin­ci­pal pro­po­nents for es­tab­lish­ing the CPRE 90 years ago, the cat­a­lyst for pro­tect­ing so much of the coun­try­side that in­spired ‘the voices’: the na­tional parks, the green belt, the Town and Coun­try Plan­ning Acts, the Coun­try Code, tran­quil­lity and dark skies—the list is long. Peter Waine, Chair­man of the CPRE 2008–14

WITH ref­er­ence to your ar­ti­cle (‘The voices that speak up for Na­ture’), I would like to add one more name to the pan­theon of great con­ser­va­tion­ists: the late Hon Vin­cent Weir (right). Vin­cent worked closely with the late Sir Peter Scott, helped to es­tab­lish and fund the Her­peto­log­i­cal Con­ser­va­tion Trust (now ARC), Plantlife and But­ter­fly Con­ser­va­tion and pri­vately funded ma­jor con­ser­va­tion projects over more than five decades. He also founded The Vin­cent Wildlife Trust, which re­cently cel­e­brated 40 years of mam­mal re­search and con­ser­va­tion and is able to con­tinue his vi­sion­ary work through the en­dow­ment fund he set up all those years ago. He was a man who truly helped to bring species back from the brink. Hilary Macmil­lan, Here­ford­shire

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