In memory of Michael Gould
Michael Gould

Michael died on the night of 4th August after a long illness.

He and Issa were frequent visitors to Noakes Grove and had been active members of the work-parties that helped manage the nature reserve.

One of his last wishes was to visit Noakes Grove again although, sadly, this was not possible as he was unable to leave his chair.

In the early days of the work parties at Noakes Grove Nature Reserve, as volunteers chopped back the thorn scrub, I was usually occupied in managing the sheep pasture and fencing. Michael was one of our most regular and willing helpers, sometimes coming with Issa and sometimes just on his own. He always arrived armed with tools and gloves and quietly got on with whatever job was needed. He enjoyed everything about working in the reserve, but his very favourite task was taking our old, large and cranky lawnmower around the edge of the sheep fence to cut the vegetation where the electric fence would be placed. This was no light task, because sometimes the docks, nettles and tougher plants required heavy treatment, and occasionally I worried that it might be too much for him, or for the machine for that matter. But Michael, in his quiet way, was very determined and always succeeded whilst also managing somehow to preserve the life of the mower.

He only stopped coming when his health eventually prevented it, and I missed him and his characteristically quizzical expression as he happily carried on his work. It was so lovely to have known him.

Elaine Corke


Michael & Vyvian

Photo: Michael with Vyvyan Veal (leader of the Noakes Grove work parties at that tme)

Issa has requested that donations in memory of Michael be made to support the restoration work at Limefield Pit and the other Walden Countryside nature reserves

Please make your donation by bank card or PayPal using the button above.


If you prefer to make your donation by direct bank transfer these are the bank details to use:

Account number: 65329768
Sort code: 08-92-99
Account name: Organic Countryside CIC
Please quote reference: Michael


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