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Justin Smith - Friend of Troopers Hill

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On Monday we received the shocking and very sad news that Justin Smith had died at the weekend. Those of you that have been on our fungi forays will remember Justin very well. He was a larger than life figure who made everything he talked about interesting and enjoyable.

Justin was involved right at the start of Friends of Troopers Hill. 10 years ago he stood in Rob and Susan's living room giving a tools talk to future work party leaders, telling us what and what not to do with various very sharp implements.

For photos of the last fungi foray walk that Justin led for us and links to his fungi reports please visit http://www.troopers-hill.org.uk/events/13ff.htm. You can also see him welcoming, in his Woodland and Wildlife Officer role for Bristol City Council, the St George Strollers to Netham Park for a talk about woodland management on http://www.flickr.com/photos/wfhsusan/sets/72157632912471269/

Justin was due to contribute to Shepherd's Way, a natured themed radio show on BCFM this Wednesday. A short tribute was aired. It was followed by a recording of Justin himself, made for the Troopers Hill Audio Trail, talking about one of the fungi on the Hill, fly agaric. You can listen to the show via http://www.bcfmradio.com/shepherdsway. It's about 4'50" in, on the 19:00 show of 5/03/14.

The complete audio trail, with Justin talking about both lichen and fungi can be downloaded via http://www.troopers-hill.org.uk/trails/.

There is a Facebook page where everybody is very welcome to leave photos and memories of Justin. You will need to have a Facebook log in to see the contents. https://www.facebook.com/justinhongos

Justin is a great loss to Bristol and the surrounding areas. His enthusiasm for fungi and lichen has inspired many people in the area. His practical approach to solving problems in his Woodland and Wildlife Officer role meant a great deal of effective work was carried out. We will miss him. Our sympathy to his wife, Lucy, their son, Wilf and all his family and friends.

Posted by Susan, Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:00 am

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