Ray Harrington-Vail

Ray Harrington-Vail has lived on the Island since the late 1990s, and during this time has got to know a great many people, worked with many organisations and gained much local knowledge.  His background covers a whole host of experience including, woodland management, nursing and the paper industry! He holds qualifications in conservation management and environmental auditing and protection. Having spent many holidays on the Island, Ray and his family decided that they would be better off moving to their favourite place in the UK.

Ray helped set up The Footprint Trust and has worked for the organisation since 2003.   He has been active in environmental and community concerns since the 1980s. Over the years he has given hundreds of presentations and talks. Helped produce the Exeter Green Consumer Guide in the 1980s and more recently one for the Isle of Wight. Assisted in the research for John Button’s books; Green Pages, and the Green Tourist Guide.

Ray’s work also includes:

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He has written a booklet for the IW tourism industry on greening their businesses.

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Contributed to Island Voices through roadshows and working groups.

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Assisted with research on Ecological Footprint for Island.

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Developed pilot and checklists for Green Island Award scheme.

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Assisted in drawing up Green Procurement policy for IW Council.

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Working with local companies to develop their environment policies and procedures.

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Has written Environmental Audits for some fifty businesses and charities on the Isle of Wight.

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Is involved with the Hampshire and IW Business and Environment Forum and carry out assessments for their annual green awards.

Part of his work is with pupils and teachers – linking environmental issues to the national curriculum.

Since settling on the Island, Ray helped to set up the original Wight Green Centre as well as the BTCV & Southern Water Pond Warden Scheme (more details below).  Ray also ran the BTCV Green Gym until February 2003, and many Islanders got to know Ray through his work here.  Moving on from that, he is now the BTCV Isle of Wight County Manager and so can help answer questions and signpost people in the right direction with many BTCV and environmental related topics.

He is a mentor of the People’s Places fund and has helped bring over £100,000 worth of funding to local groups.

A feature of Ray’s job is to undertake the Pond Warden tutoring, the Pond Warden course is a free course designed to help people manage their own ponds as well as public ponds.  If you would like details of the next course coming up, please click on this link here ‘tell me all about the POND WARDEN COURSE’.   The Pond Warden course is completely free to all participants, it is funded through BTCV and Southern Water.

Ray’s E Mail address:

ray@footprint-trust.co.uk