Hugh Raven: My friend Simon Pepper, who has died aged 70 of a heart attack, was founder director of WWF Scotland. He held the post from 1985 to 2005, playing a key role in establishing the Millennium Forest for Scotland and driving its expansion by securing £27m for more than 22,000 hectares. At WWF Scotland Simon also led the formation of a highly effective alliance of environmental bodies called Scottish Environment Link, which now has more than 35 member organisations. It played an instrumental part in the successful opposition campaign to a huge quarry on Harris in the Western Isles, eventually persuading the French company Lafarge to drop its plans. Additionally, he advised the then Secretary of State for Scotland, Donald Dewar, during the lead-up to his 1997 announcement of the government’s commitment to national parks in Scotland, which saw their establishment in 2002 and 2003. Crisply spoken, practical, cerebral and inspiring, Simon’s counsel was widely sought.
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