I love the Malvern Hills and Commons, and know them well, continually walking the length of them from my home of 35 years in Lower Wyche Road.
My mother was sent from the East End of London to convalesce in Malvern. She later moved here. My sons grew up cycling and sledging on the Hills: one is an ecologist, the other a lawyer who now lives in Chase Ward. The Hills and their surrounds are part of who we are, as they are for so many residents in Malvern.
The Trust is legally required to preserve the natural aspect of the Hills, protect and manage the trees and plants, prevent unlawful building and quarrying, and keep the Hills open for the enjoyment of the public. It is also required to conserve and enhance biodiversity, sites of Special Scientific Interest, and Scheduled Ancient Monuments on all the land in its jurisdiction.
These requirements present challenges in balancing everyone’s needs. This is especially challenging given the climate and ecological crises combined with increasing visitor numbers to the Hills. Despite these challenges, my passion lies in preserving the unique ecology of the land in the Trust’s care.
As a social worker and then a psychotherapist in both the public and private sectors, I understand the importance of making collective and balanced decisions, of listening to everyone involved, and of upholding high standards in public service.