Environmental hero honoured with memorial

Mark, Nikki and Gemma Dickenson pictured with the memorial sculpture at Saltholme.
Mark, Nikki and Gemma Dickenson pictured with the memorial sculpture at Saltholme.

A SCULPTURE in memory of a man who was key to the development of a flourishing nature reserve has been unveiled.

John Dickenson was instrumental in securing an agreement in 1998 which paved the way for funding to develop the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) at Saltholme.

Sadly, John died following a long illness in April 2009, shortly after the official opening of Saltholme.

A memorial sculpture depicting a flourishing reed bed plus seating for visitors was unveiled at the site, situated off Tees Road.

It was created by specialist artist and blacksmith, Brian Russell, of Little Newsham Forge.

An RSPB spokesman said: “The sculpture commemorates John’s pivotal role and involvement in establishing and securing the future of Saltholme.”

Members of John’s family, the Teesside Environmental Trust, and staff and volunteers from Saltholme were present at the ceremony.