Uckfield countryside ranger Geoff Pollard dies

Tributes have been paid to countryside ranger Geoff Pollard who has died.

Members of the town council’s environment and leisure committee observed a minute’s silence before their meeting on Monday (June 15).

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

Before the start of the meeting the chairman, Cllr Jez Beesley, said: “We are very saddened by the recent and sudden passing of Geoff Pollard, our countryside ranger.

“Geoff had worked for Uckfield Town Council for five-and-a-half years.

“He initially started with us on a temporary contract before moving to a full-time position with the council as countryside ranger.”

Cllr Jez Beesley

Mr Pollard’s job was to carry out practical conservation work in the town council’s local nature reserves, other conservation areas and open spaces.

He had a great deal of expertise and knowledge and worked closely with the reserves’ supporter groups and other volunteers, Cllr Beesley said.

“He will be greatly missed by all.

“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,”   the chairman said.

This morning Uckfield Town Council issued the following:

Our Ranger, Geoff

It is with great sadness that Uckfield Town Council announces 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.

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.

West Park

Geoff Pollard pictured in 2018 by UckfieldNews.com pulling Himalayan Balsam in the Hempstead Meadow Local Nature Reserve

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. 

Dedicated work

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.

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