This is an archived press release
Tuesday 24 January 2006
24 January 2006
30-year milestone for National Park officers
Two officers who have helped shape the Peak District National Park over the past 30 years were congratulated for their long service by Authority chiefs.
Director of conservation and development John Lomas, and recreation facilities and area management officer Judy Merryfield joined the former Peak Park Joint Planning Board in January 1976.
In subsequent years, both have contributed tremendously to keeping the National Park the place of scenic beauty, tradition and enjoyment that it is today.
In conservation and development, John Lomas ensures the Authority works with farmers, landowners, environmental organisations and local people so that the National Park’s heritage and wildlife are safeguarded, and the character of traditional Peak District towns and villages is maintained.
In recreation and area management, Judy Merryfield’s role concerns major scenic and recreational sites, such as the Upper Derwent Valley, Longdendale, and Macclesfield Forest, making sure they are worthwhile and accessible places to visit for thousands of people each year.
Authority chair Tony Hams said: “The contributions of both John and Judy are immeasurable – to have spent 30 years working for the improvement of the National Park is a tremendous and worthwhile achievement.”
John was born and brought up in the Peak District. He now lives in Great Longstone where he keeps a small herd of beef cattle. He worked his way up from area projects to farm and countryside service manager in the 1990s, and was appointed director of conservation and development in 2003.
Judy lives in Ashford-in-the-Water and began her career as a policy service technician. Being badly injured in a cattle-trampling incident while walking her dog near her home two years ago has not deterred her from enjoying the spectacular walks the Peak District has to offer.