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28 May 2012
John Davidson OBE in his early years at
Everyone at Groundwork was saddened to hear of the death of John
Davidson OBE, who passed away on Saturday 26 May. John was
one of the driving forces behind the establishment of Groundwork in
the late 1970s and early 1980s and was Groundwork’s national chief
executive from 1985 to 1996.
Groundwork’s current Chief Executive Sir Tony Hawkhead
commented, “John was an inspiration to so many people who worked in
and alongside our organisation and I’m hugely proud to serve in the
position he occupied in Groundwork’s formative years.
Groundwork has grown from a one-off experiment to a major national
organisation and an international movement improving the lives of
many thousands of people every year. None of this would have
happened without John’s vision and his passionate but pragmatic
"Groundwork is a very different organisation now to the one John
originally conceived but his guiding principles of partnership and
practical action remain at the core of our approach. In our
thirtieth year it’s fitting that we’re revisiting through our
Operation Groundwork campaign many of the ideas and concepts John
articulated. I know that our renewed focus on finding
innovative models for protecting, developing and managing green
space is something that he would have embraced and
"Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time of
sadness. We hope that they, like us, will be able to remember and
celebrate John's many achievements.”