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Ralph is a local community hero

Long-serving Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust volunteer Ralph Johnson’s tireless dedication to the Trust’s Holwell Nature Reserves has been recognised with the Melton Times Environment Award.

Ralph has been volunteer warden of the nature reserves for more than 40 years. During his unstinting support of the Trust over the four decades he has overseen the development of the nature reserves at Holwell – Brown’s Hill Quarry, Holwell Mineral Line, North Quarry plus Hills and Hollows Field –  served as a Trustee and committee member, established the Melton Local Group, given numerous talks, hosted badger watching evenings and organised nature reserve open days.

Melton Times content editor Marie Bond presented Ralph with his award, sponsored by Melton Mowbray Town Estate, at a ceremony held at the Melton Vale Post 16 Centre.

Afterwards, she said: “It’s wonderful to be able to give a special thank you to some of those who make such a big difference to the lives of others. Recognition for their actions isn’t why they do it but we’re so pleased to celebrate their kindness.”

His nominator called him ‘a true unsung hero’.

For details of the Holwell Nature Reserves, see www.lrwt.org.uk/nature-reserves

Photograph: Ralph Johnson at Holwell Nature Reserves (Lionel Heap)

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