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National Park Hero award for former Authority stalwart

A recently retired member of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority staff was recognised with a prestigious award at this year’s UK National Parks conference.

Charles Mathieson, who worked for the Authority for 27 years, was named a National Park Hero at the October conference, in appreciation of his efforts to promote and conserve the Pembrokeshire Coast.

National Park Authority Chair Mrs Gwyneth Hayward is pictured presenting the award to National Park Hero Charlies Mathieson.
National Park Authority Chair Mrs Gwyneth Hayward is pictured presenting the award to National Park Hero Charlies Mathieson.​

He was one of 15 recipients of the award, which are presented to an individual from each of the UK’s 15 National Parks at the biennial conference.

National Park Authority Chair, Gwyneth Hayward said: “I’m delighted to have been able to present Charles with this well-deserved award and hope it will bring back fond memories of his time at the National Park Authority.

“During his career, Charles was involved in the creation of initiatives that continue to influence recreation management in the National Park. These include the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter and Marine Code, which are coordinated by the Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, where he remains a board member.”

Mr Mathieson’s career with the National Park Authority stretches back to 1990, fulfilling roles including Ranger Team Leader, Head of Recreation and Tourism and finally Head of Delivery before his retirement earlier this year.

He was responsible for a number of key functions, including leading the team that manages the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail and the production of the Park’s Recreation Plan, where his experience in striking the balance between conservation and recreation was invaluable.

Charles also played an important role in the clean-up operation following the Sea Empress disaster in 1996, having been based at the special response centre that was set up in the wake of the incident.

Published 27 November 2017

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