For more than 40 years, Peter Melchett provided a unique quality of leadership within the UK environment movement – as a Government minister under Labour in the 1970s, the face and inspirational voice of Greenpeace through the 1990s, and as the hugely influential policy director of the Soil Association right up to his much-lamented death at the end of August. But he had a much wider presence in the movement, through the Ramblers, World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife & Countryside Link, and a host of other organisations and networks.
During that time, he was consistently radical in his views, unfalteringly polite in his advocacy, with a streak of irreverent humour that could lift the most tedious meeting. This made him a much-admired colleague, a highly respected adversary and a very special friend to many. Jonathon Porritt
Peter Melchett: radical and inspirational.