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Local conservationist awarded MBE by HM The Queen
Jenny Phelps, Senior Farm Conservation Adviser for the Gloucestershire Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group and guest lecturer at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in Cirencester, was awarded an MBE by HM The Queen for ‘Engaging Communities in Environmental Protection’.
Jenny Phelps received the MBE as part of HM the Queen’s Birthday Honours, with the Investiture being carried out by Her Majesty at Windsor Castle on Friday 7 October 2016.
She said: “It is very humbling and an extraordinary honour to be recognised by Her Majesty for our work to integrate competitive farming and the environment. Thank you to all of the farmers, communities, and partners whose knowledge and expertise has made all our projects across Gloucestershire and beyond so successful for people and the environment over the last 15 years.”
Jenny, who trained at the RAU and is local to Cirencester, developed the Integrated Local Delivery framework (ILD) with the support of the Countryside and Community Research Institute and Natural England. The ILD framework values local knowledge and draws together funding and support from multiple sources. It encourages farmers and communities to become resilient to climate change, and inspires and enables them how to look after their surroundings in a strategic way that benefits the rural economy and the natural environment.
Jenny teaches students about the importance and application of the ILD framework in the FIELD module at the RAU, and about the innovation around rebuilding natural ecosystems to underpin sustainable farming in the Farmland Ecology Module.
Jenny is also the co-author of the national Community Guide to the Water Environment, which help communities and farmers work together for natural flood management and water quality.