Harleston conservationist elected president of moors association

Harleston, Norfolk. Harleston Pancakes races along the Throughfare pictured is Ian Carstairs and Susan Whymark ANL-140403-165945001
Harleston, Norfolk. Harleston Pancakes races along the Throughfare pictured is Ian Carstairs and Susan Whymark ANL-140403-165945001

A long-time conservationist and active community member in Harleston says he is honoured after being elected as the new president of the North Yorkshire Moors Association.

Ian Carstairs, who is a key member of the civic group Harleston’s Future and a strong supporter of South Norfolk Council’s ongoing Market Town’s Initiative, received the appointment following decades of community involvement across both Yorkshire, where he lived for 25 years, and south Norfolk, where he currently lives.

An author and photographer, his conservation and heritage work previously earned him an MBE and an OBE in 1994 and 2007, respectively.

In accepting his appointment, Mr Carstairs said: “I am honoured to have been appointed president of the association, which provides a vital voice for the protection of national parks and this exceptional landscape, a major challenge in the face of the pressures of modern society.

“I hope that in some small way I will be able to help this very important cause.”

Tom Chadwick, chairman of the North Yorkshire Moors Association, welcomed Mr Carstairs’ appointment and stated his arrival had come at a critical time for the organisation.