Friends of Chorleywood Common report the sad news that their President Michael Warburg died at the end of 2020.
“Michael was a founding father of the Friends back in 1990, when, along with Olive Entwistle, he saw the importance of preserving the Common, supporting its management, and promoting local interest in it, through pond-dipping events and work parties.
Michael could be seen every day walking on the Common with his wife Rosemary and their dog. We have to thank Michael for the Parish Council now taking active ecological management of the Common and having a dedicated Conservation Ranger. Michael was Chair of the Friends until ill health meant he had to reduce his activities, and in 2018 he was appointed as President with the death of Olive. Michael was a long time active member of the British Herpetological Society, passionate about and licensed to breed the rare Great Crested Newt – thanks to him we have these newts in many of the ponds on the Common (as well as in ponds in our gardens!). Michael displayed Crested newts every Village Day until recently, with a long queue of people waiting their turn to listen to him explaining all about the life cycle of newts.
Michael also was the driving force in challenging past applications to develop the Green Street fields, successfully arguing the environmental benefits of keeping this an area of outstanding natural beauty.
He was a successful entrepreneur introducing early automation into business, and was the Honorary Treasurer of the modern City livery company, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
Our thoughts go out to Rosemary. And thank you Michael, you won’t be forgotten”.