It’s been so lovely reading people’s memories about Peter, and listening to his story on Radio 4, yesterday. How he’d smile, I’m sure – not to mention give that endearing chuckle – to be remembered alongside Burt Reynolds!
Peter was quite simply my ‘David Attenborough’. He opened up my world to very many environmental issues, and gave enormous confidence to many, enabling us to fight for what is right..
I remember fondly those meetings with the multiple retailers – including CEO’s.. Steven Esom, Sir Stuart Rose, Justin King and very many technologists who twisted and turned but couldn’t deny that Peter was right, when discussing the merits of organic food. He commanded such respect!
His meeting with Sir John Krebs to challenge his GM stance. The time he gave to people like Georgina Downs, helping her win her battle against the damaging affects of spraying pesticides on her health, and others’, were just two events I recall with absolute admiration for Peter.
And of course, his ‘Food for Life’ work with his team mates, Lizzie and Jeanette… How he touched peoples’ lives, so many and of all ages. It was truly touching to see him interact with the school children, who this wondrous team had helped, through their gutsy and persistence work, in resurrecting the way we feed our school children.
I also loved his presentations… you just knew that other speakers would have agonised over their words and PowerPoints. When it was Peter’s turn he’d chat to his audience with his lovely, calm and booming voice, then flick through a few slides and end on a stunning image of two hares leaping in the sunshine, taken at his farm, I think! It always made me smile. He made things very simple and kept us all grounded, bless him.
And best of all whenever I was with him – even after I’d left the Soil Association, he’d always want to know how I was and give me a big, reassuring hug. He was so, so kind to us all..
Thank you you for everything, Peter. You will be sorely, sorely missed.
Big hug… xx