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David Bellamy OBE 1933 – 2019

Remembering David Bellamy OBE

18th January 1933 – 11th December 2019

David was born in London to parents Thomas and Winifred May Bellamy.

David’s first work in a scientific environment was as a laboratory assistant at Etwell Technical College before he studied for his BSc at the Chelsea College of Science and Technology. In 1960 he became a lecturer in the Botany department of Durham University.  The work that brought him to public prominence was his environmental consultancy on the Torrey Canyon oil spill in 1967.

Closer to home David served as president of the Institute between 1997 and 2012. During his tenure, the David Bellamy Award for Environmental Cleanliness was introduced.

The award’s purpose was to challenge children between 5 & 11 to think about the environment and how to keep it cleaner, healthier, safer and a more inviting place to be.

Entrants were asked to compile a 20-point ‘Pupils Charter’ for Environmental Cleanliness. Such as putting chairs on tables at the end of the day to making an extra effort to keep play areas clear of rubbish.  Award winners received a prize of £8,000, which was presented to the school by our president David Bellamy.

During his broadcasting career, David went on to present programmes such as Don’t Ask Me, Bellamy On Botany and Bellamy’s Britain. Amongst many other honours, he won Bafta’s Richard Dimbleby Award in 1979, given to an outstanding presenter in the factual arena.

In 2015, David and his wife Rosemary visited Malaysia to explore its botanicas. In 2016, he opened theHedleyhope Fell Boardwalk, which is the main feature of Durham Wildlife Trust’s Hedleyhope Fell reserve in County Durham. The project includes a 60-metre path from Tow Law to the Hedleyhope Fell reserve and 150 metres of boardwalk made from recycled plastic bottles.

The British Institute of Cleaning Science would like to express its gratitude to David, we thank you for your service and contribution to the Institute of which will be fondly remembered.

With a famously distinctive voice and an unforgettable presence, he will be missed by many who knew him.

Sources: Wikipedia and To Teach to Clean by Colin Hasson, FBICSc