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New Horizons

- Looks like it's all change for the AONB Service - sob!

Tim Russell

Posted by Tim Russell on 10 September 2013

New Horizons This is not the easiest blog for me to write as it could be my last with the AONB Service. I have recently accepted a new job with the Woodland Trust as their Sites Manager for Avon, Somerset, West Dorset & East Devon ... quite a patch! I have been with the AONB Service for just over 25 years (starting in July 1988), you may have read my earlier blog about this a few weeks ago.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a fond ‘Farewell’ to everyone who knows me in the Quantock area and to those of you who I have worked with or met over the years.  I would particularly like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to my colleagues in the AONB Team (and volunteers) who have had to put up with my so-called sense of humour over this time.  Also to friends and colleagues in the Forestry Commission, National Trust, Heritage Group, Rights of Way, Police, County Council and anybody else who has worked with me.

I led a walk this morning for a natural history group and as I was talking about the many aspects of the hills, their landscape, wildlife, history and management it really came home to me just what a fantastic place the hills are and how privileged I have been to have been so involved in their protection and management.  It is good to be leaving an area that is looking even better than when I started ... the heathland in particular was looking stunning and years of careful management have truly paid off.  The views were clear and far reaching, we watched hobbies racing through the early autumn sky and a beautiful herd of red deer ran down into Weacombe, what a place!

I will be around until the end of the month ... hoping to have a drop-in say ‘Good Bye’ thingy at Fyne Court after work on the 25th for anyone who wants to come along.

(Photograph last week from Cothelstone hill of the first of the autumn mists below the hills).




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    boyd hay

    11 Sep 13

    Wow!There go some big footprints to fill.
    Good luck Timster.xx

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    Jane Hackett

    11 Sep 13

    Great memories of working with you and Paul Gray a few years ago, Tim, especially the swaling.
    Best of luck in your new job.

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    11 Sep 13

    Wishing you well in your new role Tim. Thanks for your help over the years with youth youth group walks and especially the Golden Jubilee beacon. Best wishes from us both. Adrian and Hazel

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    Dave P

    11 Sep 13

    I’ve really enjoyed being a volunteer ranger and to have worked with you for the past ten years. We’ve had some laughs which will bring back good memories. Good luck in your new job.

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