WORKING to improve our region’s environment seems to come naturally to Market Rasen Rotarian Richard Hansard, and he has now been recognised for his efforts with a prestigious award.
Rotary District 1270, which comprises some 49 clubs and more than 1,400 Rotarians from Beverley to Woodhall Spa and Skegness to Barnsley, annually recognises the most active and effective environmentalist.
And this year’s Individual Environmental Trophy has gone to Richard, who as well as leading the Rasen club’s environmental committee, manufactures items for Rotary to use or to sell.
Richard recently made the picnic table which is now able to be used by walkers and cyclists on the roadside in Thornton-le-Moor.
Another one is available for purchase should anyone need one.
He has also manufactured numerous owl boxes which are now home to a range of feathered residents. And whenever a major project requires practical support and advice as well as man power, Richard is always there.
Yarborough School in Caistor have vegetable growing beds that were built and filled by Richard and Nettleton School have a pond, originally built by Richard and others, and recently cleaned and refurbished by the same team.
Market Rasen railway station also has a water bowser which was lifted into place by Richard.