Uckfield Town Council have announced with great sadness the sudden passing of Geoff Pollard, the Town Council’s Countryside Ranger.
Geoff, aged 54 years, passed away on Monday 8 June, in West Park Nature Reserve.
A minutes silence was observed at last night Environment and Leisure meeting of Uckfield Town Council.
In the announcement from from the Town Council it said:
‘As Countryside Ranger, Geoff had been with the Town Council for five and a half years and was responsible for carrying out practical conservation work in the town’s two local nature reserves (Hempstead Meadows and West Park), our ancient woodlands and sites of key wildlife and biodiversity such as Harlands Pond.
‘Geoff had a wealth of knowledge and expertise in conservation management with over 25 years’ experience. Prior to working at Uckfield Town Council he had worked for BTCV (TCV) as a trainer and assessor nearby at Plashett Wood, Rose Hill and Stanmer Park, Brighton. He had experience in using both traditional and modern methods of conservation management to encourage the
co-existence of flora and fauna. In that role, he had also provided a great deal of support to the Millennium Green Trust, in Ridgewood.
‘We received numerous comments in relation to this year’s bluebells in West Park Nature Reserve, and we are so grateful for his dedication and hard work, which helped to make Uckfield such as a beautiful place to live. Geoff will be greatly missed by his work colleagues, volunteers and friends.
‘We’d like to express our deepest condolences to Geoff’s family at this very difficult time’