Outdoor Focus Winter 2017 - Page 11

OWPG AWARD WINNERS 2017 GOLDEN EAGLE lifetime achievement award for outstanding services to the outdoors Winner Richard Fox, Operational Manager, Fix the Fells Nominee list prepared by the OWPG committee, awarded by a vote of the OWPG membership R ichard Fox is responsible for the day-to-day repair and maintenance of the Lake District upland paths through Fix the Fells. Over the last fi fteen years he has directed the repair of over 250 paths. This includes sourcing stone from as close to the work sites as possible, arranging helicopter lifts, working on the specifi cations and landscaping requirements, and being responsible for quality assurance. In this context Richard manages one of the most successful volunteer programmes in the Lake District. The ‘Lengthsmen’ scheme undertakes the vast majority of the maintenance work – nearly 2000 volunteer hours each year – freeing Richard Fox receiving his award from OWPG chairman, Peter Gillman the National Trust and National Park rangers to focus on larger project work. His expertise has been utilised by the government’s Environment Committee to pull together its code of practice for the repair of mountain paths, and he has shared his knowledge with path workers in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and beyond. Without Richard, the massively popular paths of the Lake District would be in a much worse state of repair and the fells would be scarred with human erosion. His work also helps improve the water quality of the streams, becks, tarns and lakes by reducing the soil washing into water network. For more information about the work of Fix the Fells, to see the latest photos, and possibly even make a donation, visit www.fi xthefells.co.uk winter 2017 | Outdoor focus 11