Chris Pennock reckons that jobs don’t come any more varied than the one he does for Tarmac at its Nosterfield Quarry in North Yorkshire. In a typical day, he might be repairing a breakdown, driving mobile plant, or working with archaeologists as they undertake their excavations ahead of quarrying.
But he might also be planting reeds, maintaining some of the extensive woodland, hosting a school party or running the visitor centre which closes only on Christmas Day. And it’s his outstanding commitment to all this extensive work that makes him our 2015 biodiversity champion – a real ambassador for his industry. Chris doesn’t just appreciate the birds, animals and plant life here – he loves enhancing their habitats and really enjoys sharing them with others.
Chris took on the job of managing Nosterfield’s biodiversity management plan in 2008 and fed that into the biodiversity benchmark certification which it has held ever since.
Chris deserves special credit for his efforts to establish the black poplar at Nosterfield. After discovering one large specimen on site, he became aware of its rarity, with only two others known to be growing in North Yorkshire. He grew and nurtured cuttings of the male variety but then managed to source female cuttings and is now growing on seeds from them at home.