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LOCAL CHAMPION: Community hero from St Albans recognised for conservation efforts

 Published on: 21st April 2023   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

A community champion from St Albans was celebrated at an exclusive reception held at 10 Downing Street.

Local conservation volunteer John Pritchard was recently invited to the Prime Minister’s residence in honour of the work he and other community champions across the UK have undertaken.

John, who is the chair of the Ver Valley Society, was nominated by St Albans Parliamentary spokesperson Clare De Silva.

He has been involved in conservation in and around the River Ver for many years. His work in protecting wildlife and preserving the precious chalk stream has been recognised by many over the years and now, by the Prime Minister.

With more than 350 members, the Ver Valley Society monitors and protects the unique ecology of the river and valley.

John said: “It was an honour to be invited, but also an opportunity to take the fight for our beleaguered River Ver and unique chalk streams to Number 10.

“The damage to our rivers from over-abstraction and sewage is of great concern to voters and it was the perfect occasion to remind MPs how important a thriving environment is.”

Clare said: “John has worked tirelessly for the Ver Valley and St Albans for many years.

“It was a privilege to be able to nominate him as a community champion and invite him to Number 10 and meet the Prime Minister.

“It was great to be able to showcase the work of the Ver Valley Society and the dedication shown by John and his team, right at the heart of government.”

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