David Bellamy, author, broadcaster, environment campaigner, botanist, and honoured visitor …. on the opening of the Wild Life Refuge, or Nature Park on the Nortel site.
David Bellamy arrived to open the wild life refuge at the back of the M4 plant. Here he is seen with Brian Wilson and some of the School children who worked on the creation of the refuge.
The wildlife refuge was a Monkstown Community school project run by 15/16 year olds including Pamela Wilson. Pamela is Ken Wilson’s daughter and Ken ran the print room and was the custodian of these photographs before me.
Ken and I supported teams from the same football city but had an active competition for many years on who would place higher in the league….. I did win more than lost…..but somehow i still always felt I had lost.
In 1998 Nortel won the ‘Environmental Excellence Award for Business’.
From the Nortel press release.
In presenting the prestigious award to Nortel Networks Bert McMaw, (Senior Manager Site Services, Jimmy McIlwain, (Chairman of NI2000’s Project Committee) said “In 1998 NI2000 extended the scope of its Environmental Excellence Awards to include businesses which have demonstrated excellence in their commitment to imptoving or protecting the environment, by involving employees and local community schools and organisations in schemes such as Nortel Park”
“The park development groups under the direction of Nortel Network’s Wilsey Kernohan, (Environmental, Health and Safety Manager) are to be congratulated in the large range of diverse fauna and flora to be found in the small 2 acre site.”
“The Park is truly unique among the many entrants we have so far examined in that it is the natural home of a rare wild orchid”