A conservation volunteer from St Albans has been invited to meet the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, after being recognised as a community champion.

John Pritchard met Rishi Sunak at the London location, after being nominated by Conservative Parliamentary spokesperson Clare De Silva.

John is the chair of the Ver Valley Society and has been working to protect, promote and conserve the River Ver for many years.

The Ver Valley Society - which works to protect the chalk stream - has over 350 members.


After being invited to Downing Street, John said: "It was an honour to be invited but also an opportunity to take the fight for our beleaguered River Ver and unique chalk streams to Number 10.

"The damage to our rivers from over-abstraction and sewage is of great concern to voters and it was the perfect occasion to remind MPs how important a thriving environment is.”


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Conservative Parliamentary spokesperson Clare De Silva added: “John has worked tirelessly for the Ver Valley and St Albans for many years.

"It was a privilege to be able to nominate him as a Community Champion and invite him to Number 10 and meet the Prime Minister.

"The event recognised those who have been working to support their local communities right across the UK and it was great to be able to showcase the work of the Ver Valley Society and the dedication shown by John and his team, right at the heart of government.

Herts Advertiser: The Ver Valley Society has over 350 members.The Ver Valley Society has over 350 members. (Image: Archant)

"Our chalk stream is one of only 200 or so in the world and it is through the dedication of volunteers like John that we will be able to enjoy it for years to come.

"I am keen to work with conservation groups across Hertfordshire and Ministers to ensure that our rivers are protected for the long term.

"John’s work is invaluable and I was delighted to invite him to Downing Street.”