Friends of Dalby Forest

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Thank You Phil!

Phil at the Forest Garden, September 2014

Long time member Phil Johnson has decided it is time to hang up his gloves, saw and shovel and step away from active Friends of Dalby Forest work tasks. Phil was a founding member of the Friends of Dalby Forest back in the early 2000s, so it’s a particularly poignant end to an era.

Phil (in the hat) as seen on our banner in the Visitor Centre

You might remember Phil and his trademark beard from one of his many guises – wheelbarrow supremo, Dalby poster boy, Green Santa, super Wizard and bat-maker!

Phil with Jane Payne, at an FoDF Bank Holiday stall at Adderstone, August 2015

Phil did a lot of the art work and posters for many Friends’ events and activities, and his little card bats are always really popular at our Halloween craft table (rest assured we will continue to make them when we do finally get back to forest life!). Although many elements of how we operate have changed during Phil’s time, as we continue now, we do so only on the solid foundations that Phil helped to build.

A compilation of Phil’s artistic work over the years

So thank you Phil, for everything you’ve done, from all of us. Enjoy your retirement!

Phil at the Forest Garden, January 2019 (photo by Michael Hill)
Everyone listens to Phil! October 2015
Wizard Phil with Judith (current chair), October 2015
Phil at the Dry Stone Wall Maze, July 2015
Phil at Adderstone, November 2014
Phil as Dalby’s Green Santa

*And don’t forget to give Phil a wave next time you see him as he enjoys his “extra” time on the beach working with the donkeys at Scarborough.