Who was John Lally? In seven words “he was an environmentalist who did things”. John obviously was more than that; however his core belief was about environmental action. He was an Area Coordinator for Greenpeace in the early 1990s. He was a dedicated man who unfortunately died too young, in his late 30’s.
At the wake after John’s funeral someone suggested his friends plant a tree in his memory, however in the “true spirit of John, one tree became hundreds of trees, in fact became thousands of trees, and one square metre became several square metres, in fact became several hectares of woodland”.
His friends formed the Friends of John Lally Community Wood which went on to plant 5 acres of British Woodland on St Nicholas Fields a 24 acre Local Nature Reserve in York.
That group went on to become the John Lally International Foundation, which is still living up to the inspiration provided by John in his desire to address environmental degradation around the world.
We draw on the experience of a previous project at St Nicholas Fields in York, England. In 2005 was hailed by Prime Minister Tony Blair as “a model of sustainable community development“. (see www.stnicksfields.org.uk)