As many people know, Paul Millmore passed away peacefully on Sunday morning. A tragic loss for his family, but also for the many people whose lives he touched throughout his career. For anyone who knew him, he was a veritable force of nature with his bushy beard, red braces and indefatigable Yorkshire spirit. He was passionate, imaginative and determined in furthering conservation and didn’t suffer fools gladly.
He was one of the first people to reignite the calls for a South Downs National Park in the 1980s and was a stalwart member of the South Downs Campaign throughout its 20 year existence. He lived to see the successful creation of the National Park and it was his drive and energy that was largely responsible for the inclusion of Lewes. No one who was at the inquiry can forget the look on the inspector’s face as Paul thrust a large knife into a block of clay to demonstrate how well Lewes was embedded within the South Downs’ landscape.
His one regret was the failure to get the marine area included in the National Park, but even then he convinced the inspector of the value of doing so, but unfortunately not the Government. Even so this setback was far outweighed by the success of the National Park and the many other areas he helped to change for the better. From the tributes that have poured in to date, it is clear that his spirit will live on and his legacy will be felt for many generations to come.
In the meantime the South Downs Network has lost a valued member of its executive and a true friend and supporter. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.