Fond farewell to charismatic conservationist Roy Taylor

MORE THAN 200 family, friends and colleagues of popular conservationist Roy Taylor gathered at Dovestone in Greenfield for an inspiring and emotional event to celebrate his phenomenal life and career in nature conservation.

Planting Roy Taylor’s memorial tree in the Dove Stone Celebration Wood (credit Robin Horner)

Roy is well-known for his remarkable work throughout Northern England where he spent his entire career working for the RSPB in a variety of roles, most recently as an Area Reserves Manager for Yorkshire.

He sadly passed away on October 19, aged 49, following five years of living with motor neurone disease.

David Morris, RSPB Reserves Manager in Northern England, and Roy’s manager and friend said:

“Roy has often been described as a ‘conservation entrepreneur’ – a real one-off and something that many of us aspire to be.

“Like many, I have had the pleasure of working with Roy over a number of years on some brilliant pieces of work, his approach always brought energy, new ideas and real delivery.

“Roy leaves a vast legacy behind him and I’m delighted we have been able to mark the truly inspiring contribution he has made, by celebrating his life and career in a moving event at his beloved Dovestone.”

For the memorial celebrations there were speeches and photos from family, friends and colleagues, before attendees headed to the RSPB’s Celebration Wood on the site.

An oak tree was planted above Roy’s ashes and wildflowers were added all around it.

Roy’s tree was placed next to another oak planted there four years ago to celebrate the birth of his son – the first tree to be planted in Celebration Wood.

The Celebration Wood overlooks the tranquil reservoir against the dramatic backdrop of the surrounding moors. A selection of native trees are available, providing a fitting tribute and a home for wildlife.

For more details call Claire Johnston on 01457 819880 or email claire.johnston@rspb.org.uk

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