Memorial volunteer day for kind nature lover

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FRIENDS and family of a popular nature-loving man will pay tribute with a memorial volunteer day.

George Stone, 37, of Stubbington, will be remembered for his work at Farlington Marshes, Portsdown Hill and Winnall Moors, Winchester.

He had worked in conservation for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Mr Stone, who suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome, died in November.

The ‘George Jack Stone’ day will take place on Sunday at Winnall Moors, a flood plain of the River Itchen.

School friend David Banks, 37, of Southsea, said he had remained in contact with Mr Stone over the years but had been in contact more often last year.

He said: ‘He was really dedicated to the natural environment, nature and he loved animals.

‘He knew a huge amount about biology and science, so that was the career he wanted to forge a path in after recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome.’

‘He had to go into a job that was outdoors to maintain his energy levels.’

On Sunday friends and family will unite to work, as Mr Stone did, to maintain the site at Winnall Moors.

Rachel Remnant, a reserves officer who worked with Mr Stone for four years, said he will be missed.

‘It will be nice to remember him in the space that he loved being outdoors in,’ she said.

‘It’s quite uplifting doing something practical – I hope it will be nice for his family too.’