AN ENVIRONMENTALIST who is passionate about negating the impact people have on the landscape has been awarded a CBE for services to nature conservation and the economy.
Professor David Hill, of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, is the founder of the Environment Bank, a company which promotes the concept of habitat banking and environmental impact accounting to compensation for development.
He is also a founding member of Natural England, the governments’ statutory advisers on the natural heritage, and its deputy chair since 2011.
Prof Hill said he was delighted to receive the honour.
He said: “I am passionate about getting society to truly value nature, not just for its intrinsic importance to our lives, but because nature and natural capital is economically critically important to us.”
Prof Hill is also a member of the Government’s Ecosystem Markets Taskforce and chair of the Northern Upland Chain Nature Partnership, which covers the vast upland areas of the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Parks, Nidderdale and North Pennines Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Forest of Bowland.