Today I learnt the terribly sad news that Gill Moore, one of the founding members of Friends of the North Kent Marshes, died yesterday after collapsing while returning from a trip out to the marshland near her home.
Gill was an inspirational, fearless and knowledgeable campaigner, who threw herself into protecting the countryside and wildlife she loved. She was a fundamental part of the No Airport at Cliffe campaign and more recently the Estuary Airport campaign.
Her huge contribution in protecting the marshes was recognised by the RSPB who awarded her and her fellow FONKM members the Presidents Award.
I think everyone who knew Gill is shocked by this news and feels her loss. We need Gill to help us in the continuous fight to protect this area . We know she would have been a huge asset in the defence of Lodge Hill from the plan to develop the SSSI for housing.
We need Gill and we need many more people like her. People willing to tackle politicians and raise awkward points at meetings and be on the front line in raising awareness of the importance of not only the marshes but all our wild places.
Gill appears in my book On the Marshes, doing what she did best. Spreading her message to everyone she passed. Telling them how important the area is for wildlife and what they could do to help protect it.
“We love the marshes quiet and peaceful,” Gill once told me, “but we know that people will only care about it is they visit and see how special it is for themselves.”
The best I can do for Gill Moore today is to continue to do just that. Tell people about the North Kent Marshes and encourage them to visit and value it. We lost an ally yesterday but the fight goes on.