A WOMAN who has dedicated more than 40 years to nature has been awarded an MBE in recognition of her conservation work in the region.
Dr Joan Daniels, pictured, from Colemere, near Ellesmere, travelled to Buckingham Palace for the investiture on Thursday, December 19 to receive the Queen’s award for her continued work for Natural England over four decades, along with her husband, also pictured, sister and brother.
She said: “I was overwhelmed, it was a very exciting day and completely different from normal life.
“I met Prince Charles, which was wonderful as he does a lot for conservation. He presented me with the award and that made it very special because of all the work he has done.
“We talked about the work I have been doing to save the bog and why I like doing it.”
The senior reserve manager has devoted more than 20 years to restoring the Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve, a 700-hectare peat bog, and has given over 40 years to working for conservation in the UK.
Her hard work has transformed the site from its damaged state to one of the best standards of peat bog in Europe, making her one of the most respected practitioners in peatland restoration.
Her love for conservation led her to study the subject at Manchester University and for her doctorate she studied blanket bogs in the Berwyn Mountains near Llangollen, which led her to settle in Colemere, where she has lived for 23 years.
Despite working part time at the moss, Mrs Daniels has no intention of stopping her work anytime soon.
She said: “There are so many exciting things to do at the moss and there is a lot more for Natural England to buy and do there that is very important for our future.”
2014 New Year's Honours
A PROFESSOR from Chirk led the way for local people in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list.
Professor Douglas Bruce Kell has been awarded a CBE for services to Science and Research. He was formerly chief executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
Also included in the list was former Mayor of Ellesmere, Pat McLaughlin, who receives an MBE for services to Tourism and to the community in Shropshire, while John Roberts from Oswestry also receives an MBE for services to Athletics and to the community of Oswestry.
Full stories about the recipients will be featured in next week’s Advertizer.