Jack's interest in things environmental goes back to a long standing love of nature and particularly butterflies. This has lead him into many projects connected with butterfly conservation and he manages a small reserve in Oving specifically for this purpose.
For several years he wrote wildlife articles for his Parish newsletter and has given talks on the subject to local groups.
As a chartered Town Planner Jack has always needed to take full account of environmental concerns and has used his professional position to further that aim.
In the mid 1990s; as an AVDC officer, Jack helped to get SAVE off the ground working with other officers, notably SAVE secretary Robert Smart, and also with elected Members. In 2001 he became chair of SAVE and held that position for five years when work commitments abroad took over. He has however remained a SAVE Executive member ever since.
In the early 1990s Jack was a member of a small group of cyclists who founded the Tour de Vale and as chair of the organising group built up that event into one of the biggest family leisure events in the area. With SAVE Funding support this event has now become an annual British Wheelchair Sports fund-raising event.
In 2006 Jack and his wife converted an old milking parlour into a residence in a way which ensured a reduced demand on resources, particularly fossil fuels and water. Key features are sheepⳠwool insulation, solar panels and rainwater harvesting. Inevitably the garden is managed for maximum benefit to wildlife and they have planted many trees and hedgerows as well as creating wildlife meadow areas. The project won a design award from AVDC in 2009.
Currently Jack is a volunteer driver for the Winslow Community Minibus, leads a monthly walk for Oving villagers and regularly assists a local farmer on conservation tasks such as hedge-laying.