Frampton Marsh: Barrie Staines (1935 – 1999)

Barrie Staines of Hertfordshire 1935 - 1999Donated by his many friends and family in St Albans

Barrie Staines of Hertfordshire 1935 – 1999
Donated by his many friends and family in St Albans

2012 Nov Norfolk and Lincs trip Framton Marsh (4)

Frampton Marsh is an excellent RSPB coastal wetland reserve in Lincolnshire, on the edge of the Wash.

A good memorial bench provides the passing walker with a good spot to stop and sit and this commemorative bench to Barrie Staines certainly delivers, giving anyone who uses it  an uninterrupted view over one of the fresh water shallow lakes on the reserve.

The dedication reads; ‘Barrie Staines of Hertfordshire 1935 – 1999, donated by his many friends and family in St Albans’.  The passer by is left to assume that Frampton Marsh was a favourite place to visit and wonder whether Barrie Staines was a bird watcher or not.

We visited Frampton Marsh on a glorious sunny day in December 2012.

Rye Meads RSPB Reserve, Hertfordshire: Steve Jackson died 2009

This bench commemorates Steve Jackson, who died at a young age in 2009.  Rye Meads was clearly a special place for Steve Jackson, the dedication reads, ‘… who loved this wildlife oasis adn this urban area.  He especially loved to photograph the butterflies, dragonflies and kingfishers’.

The bench has a view over the River Lee.

Rye Meads RSPB reserve; the bench dedicated to Steve Jackson and the view over the river.