Town council plans memorial to ranger Geoff Pollard

Uckfield Town Council is planning to place a memorial in West Park Nature Reserve to countryside ranger Geoff Pollard who died on June 8.

A funeral for Geoff is due to be held on Thursday, July 9, at Chelmsford in Essex. It will be webcast online for those unable to be there.

Geoff Pollard in the West Park Nature Reserve (photo via Uckfield Town Council)

If you would like to view the webcast please contact town clerk Holly Goring at townclerk@uckfieldtc.gov.uk, or 01825 762774 for details of the service.

Tributes were paid to the work of Geoff by councillors and Cllr Jez Beesley, chair of the environment and leisure committee that the ranger would be greatly missed by all.

Hard work

He added: “The nature reserves have been very well maintained through his hard work, and the bluebells this year in West Park were absolutely beautiful, with many commenting on just how lovely they had been.”

Read more about Geoff’s career in this previous Uckfield News story: Uckfield countryside ranger Geoff Pollard dies.

Praise

Townspeople praised the ranger too on the Uckfield News Facebook page.

Comments included:

Alexandra V James: “He was always so friendly. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

Ian Mackay: “That’s a tragic and terrible loss. Condolences to his family.”

Val Ridley: “Very sad new indeed – I’m so sorry to hear that. We will miss him and his expertise around West Park. His hard work was very much appreciated and the nature reserve is a wonderful tribute to him.”

Dominie Field: “So sad and shocked to hear this. His knowledge was incredible and such an interesting and friendly man to talk to.”

Pauline Lines:“Geoff also taught Fencing, Tree Surgery, and Planting for Plumpton College some years back. I was one of his students. He had such a knowledge of the countryside.”

Helen Cowen:“Geoff taught me years ago at Plashett Wood. Such a patient and generous man.”

Mick Harker: “Geoff was a great friend of the Uckfield Millennium Green, and used the green for a lot of his on-site training when he worked for BTCV at Plashett Wood. His knowledge and experience helped create the green as it is today. Even when he joined the town council he was always willing to talk or pop across to offer advice or comments in his very dry manner. A great person who I was privileged to call a friend, and one who will be sorely missed.”

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