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I wanted to take this opportunity in wishing Ian and Pat Mackay all the best in their new life in Somerset.
Ian has been a very big part of the Oxhey community for many years, my connection with Ian started 21 years ago during the formation of Friends of Attenborough’s fields, a group formed by local people to oppose the loss of our precious Attenborough’s field to becoming another golf course with greatly reduced public access. Ian worked closely with John Hunt from Hertfordshire County Council and with great support from the local community the golf course plans were eventually withdrawn.
The Friends of Attenborough’s fields became an active volunteer group being involved with greatly improving the fields for wildlife and for local walkers. Ian being our chairman for 15 years.
Work undertaken in the last 20 years involved new kissing gates at each entrance, improving surfaces in the muddy areas, installing benches, planting and management of woodland plantations and hedges, restoration and creation of new ponds, installation of bird and bat boxes, and of course clearing litter.
Ian has played a huge part in educating people on the wildlife and geological interest of the fields, organising many guided walks and evening talks over the years. FOAF have been a regular presence at the Oxhey Fayre, running the popular fun run.
Friends of Attenborough’s fields have been a small but very loyal group of people and Ian’s departure will leave a huge gap in our operation, if anyone would like to become more involved in our group you would be most welcome to join us
Chairman – Friends of Attenborough’s fields
OVEG would also like to take this opportunity to wish Ian and Pat all the best with their move, and to thank Ian for all his hard work, dedication, and passion for Oxhey Village over the past 30+ years.