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Gerry Short - Montefiore Woodland

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How long have you lived in Ramsgate?
I initially moved here in 1947 when I was 4 years old and left in 1970 for work. I returned to live in Ramsgate full time 11 years ago.

Why did you start helping the local community?
I like wildlife and it is on our doorstep.

What are your earliest memories of Ramsgate?
The vibrant seafront, the Royal Harbour, Merry England, The Pavilion and the Granville.

What are your ambitions?
To see Montefiore Garden Project flourish.

What are you currently working on or towards in Ramsgate?
Maintaining Montefiore Garden Project and being Chairperson of Ramsgate Bowls Club.

Why did you start this current project?
To ensure we leave a natural woodland to the people of Ramsgate and to witness the flourish of its wildlife.

Where did you get the idea from to start this?
From a leaflet my wife brought home from the Visitor Information Centre.

What can Ramsgate look forward to from you in the future?
To remain positive that Ramsgate has a future and that the efforts of the Montefiore Garden Project grow from strength to strength.

How do you feel your contribution has helped or made a difference to Ramsgate?
By being positive, enthusiastic and dedicated, hoping my actions will influence others to help.

Where do you see yourself helping the community in a year’s time?
Encouraging more younger people to take up the game of bowls.

Showing the people of Ramsgate how much wildlife is present on our doorstep and how to care and support it.

Interview by Dean Williams, Technical Officer
Interview Date: 11th December 2014