Letters: Richard Parr, July 12, 2016

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Family and friends have said a fond farewell to a West Norfolk “pioneer” of environmental and green issues.

Edna Sharpe died in June at the age of 95 and at her recent funeral at St Mary’s Church, Denver, tributes were paid to her love, care and concern for the natural world long before “Saving the Planet” became fashionable. With her late husband, Jim Sharpe, the couple created a natural world within the grounds of their home at Bates Wood, Whin Common, Denver, near Downham.

They opened up their rustic homestead to visitors, young and old, at their staged events, including Primrose Day, bird ringing sessions and bygone days. There was also a special welcome for children in the Sharpes’ own “outdoor classroom”. Edna’s renowned home-baked biscuits were always favourites on the refreshments table.

Warm tributes were paid to Edna by her sons, Peter and John, and grandsons, Richard and Ben, standing close to Edna’s choice of wicker coffin, decorated naturally with garlands of flowers.

A lifelong resident of the village, Edna, mourners were told, had Denver stamped through her like a stick of rock. She cared passionately about protecting nature and passing on that passion to future generations.

Now re-united in death, Edna and Jim rest in peace eternally in Denver churchyard, surrounded by the trees, birds and wildlife they so loved in life.

Richard Parr, Gaywood