Introducing David Alvey – a Langdyke trustee with a keen interest in linking nature and your wellbeing.
As part of a new series on the website – Langdyke people – we asked him a few questions about himself. Here are his answers …
Name: David Alvey
Role in Langdyke: Trustee and board member
In your role with the Trust what areas do you specialise/lead in? Nature requires us to think on a landscape scale if we are to avoid just delaying its deterioration so my primary role is helping to develop the John Clare Countryside vision. Whilst essential and a great starting point conserving small pockets of nature reserves will not deliver the environmental change required to reverse the declining trends in nature that are all too obvious. Providing this nature rich countryside links perfectly into my other passion for improving my own, our members and our communities mental well being. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted our need for green space, I was already working to establish links with local mental health charities. The pandemic has just encouraged this collaboration and our need for a countryside that benefits nature and people.
What got you involved with the Trust?
Walking my dogs around the fantastically accessible countryside around Barnack built on my lifelong love of gardening and wildlife. This enjoyment made me determined to actively give something back to the local environment. This was firstly through the “Friends of Barnack Hills and Holes” and then, following its incorporation at the end of 2017, through Langdyke Countryside Trust.
Favourite place in nature:
That would have to be Orkney Islands in Scotland but almost any of the Scottish islands are a close second (not just because of the Whisky distilleries!). More locally it is simply the best maintained farmland in this area illustrating that we can live alongside nature if we have the right attitude and expectations.
What do you most love about nature?
The way it can always surprise you and so easily regenerate if we just stop fighting against it, work with it and provide it with enough space to make its own “decisions”.
Things that make you happy …
The simplest of natures wonders being available right on our doorstep. We might not have the most high profile species in our countryside, although there is an impressive array, but even the common species of birds, flora and fauna that we can see every day, if we take time to look, show off nature’s amazing capabilities. Just spending a few minutes watching a Red Kite over the garden has the same restorative powers and a lot lower carbon footprint than a trip to the Mull to see White Tailed Eagles. Another great example if we give nature a helping hand it will come and visit us!
Things that really annoy you …
The number of people wanting something to be done by someone else about a particular topic but not willing to get involved or change their own life choices to actually make it happen.
What is your hope for nature in the next ten years?
Locally, whilst a mountain range separating the Welland and Nene valley’s would be nice, more realistically a real change in the way we interact with our local environment as individuals and collectively. Sustainable use of our resources and a responsibility for our use of the local countryside could lay the foundations for a brighter future for ourselves, our children and their children. At a national and international level recognition that we all share the same planet and we all deserve to equally benefit from it.
Anything else you want to say?
A quote from Dave Goulson’s book The Garden Jungle has certainly made me think. “Most parents and grandparents will do anything for their children except, it seems, leave them a decent planet to live on”. I am still trying to adapt and change and it is not easy but every little step makes some small contribution.
You can meet more Langdyke people here