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Local resident recognised for their services to conservation and the community in Charlton Kings

Local resident recognised for their services to conservation and the community in Charlton Kings

We were delighted to hear that local resident John Coates was honoured in King Charles' first New Year's honours list as a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire "for services to conservation and to the community in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire".

We know that John is held in the highest regard throughout our community and has been described as 'the exemplar of a citizen' for his personal support to many of Charlton Kings' more elderly residents.

John's other contributions to community life include his support for Charlton Kings in Bloom (including the seasonal replanting of the War Memorial flower bed), and his passion for the environment.

John has supported the Woodland Trust at its 50 ha Lineover Wood Reserve for over 30 years and indeed was responsible for getting it notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and securing its future by drawing the Trust's attention to Severn Trent's proposed sale for forestry in the 80s. He has led the volunteer group there for many years and continues to demonstrate his skills in hedge laying, path making, dry stone walling, tree propagation, and his ability to work collaboratively with neighbouring landowners.

John has been a supporter of Butterfly Conservation in Gloucestershire for many years, organising work parties to improve butterfly habitat on our own Ravensgate Common as well as working with others to create a 20-year record of the populations of all 30+ butterfly species.

John's modesty and unfailing good humour belie his determination to make our small part of the world a better place, and on behalf of everyone, we congratulate him on his fully deserved honour.

Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2023 10:33 by Community Development Officer

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