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Your Champions 2011: Flintshire ranger nominated for award

A FLINTSHIRE coastal ranger who works tirelessly to improve and promote the county’s coastline, has been nominated for a Your Champions award.

Mike Taylor of the countryside service has been nominated in the individual category by MP David Hanson.

Mr Hanson said: “Mike has worked hard to drive forward the Big Dee Day, which collected 13 tonnes of rubbish this year.

“The clean up day along the river was his idea and after four years, there are now more than 500 people taking part.

“He orchestrated the collecting of rubbish all down the Flintshire coastline from the sand dunes at Talacre to the Bagillt foreshore and the Greenfield Dock.

“Mike goes above and beyond his call of duty as a ranger.

“He has also spent the past four years transforming the county’s coastline in preparation for next year’s opening of the All Wales Coastal Path.

“His work in organising events, motivating volunteers and attracting funding is exemplary and is helping to improve our local environment for locals and tourists alike.”

Mike has been instrumental in organising funding to resurface the coastal path from Flint Castle, as well as installing railings, fences and benches and putting in place information signs and boards.

Thanks to his enthusiasm, numerous other people have got on board with the project, including the Quay Waterman’s Association, local businesses and artists.