We were saddened to hear this week of the death of Walter Menzies, an inspirational champion of community regeneration and sustainable development and one of the early pioneers of the Groundwork movement.
Walter worked in the housing sector in Liverpool in the early 1980s and there formulated many of the ideas he would take with him when he set up Groundwork Macclesfield, one of the five original Groundwork projects in the North West. He went on to run major campaigns in the region, including completing the work of the Mersey Basin Campaign, a 25 year partnership programme to clean up the river Michael Heseltine once described as “an affront to the standards a civilised society should demand of its environment”.
Graham Duxbury, Groundwork UK’s Chief Executive, said:
Walter was described by many as a force of nature. Given his contribution to helping improve our environment this is entirely fitting. Throughout his life he remained a powerful advocate of partnership-based practical action and leaves an amazing legacy of projects, programmes and campaigns that helped change thousands of lives. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.