During its recent annual general meeting, The Friends of Mangemangeroa honoured Jim Duckworth and Graham Falla with life membership in recognition of their dedication spanning more than two decades to the restoration of the Mangemangeroa Reserve.
Jim Duckworth, one of the founding members, played a pivotal role in establishing the society in 2000 alongside Austin Gate, Jack McKenzie and Allan Riley.
This award acknowledges Jim and Graham’s commitment, passion and invaluable contributions to the preservation of the unique ecosystem within the Mangemangeroa Valley.
Marion Skelton, chairperson of the Friends of Mangemangeroa, said their life membership was a well-deserved recognition of the countless hours they have devoted to planting and maintaining the reserve.
“We extend our appreciation for their unwavering dedication and invaluable contributions,” she said.