TRIBUTE has been paid to a Herefordshire veteran who played a "fundamental" role in saving the river Wye.

Major Patrick Darling died on October 10 and a memorial in his honour took place in Hereford Cathedral.

Major Darling was a trustee of the Wye and Usk Foundation for 17 years and was fundamental in driving forward the farm advisory projects in the Lower Wye, said a spokesperson from the foundation.

The foundation is concerned with ecology and more specifically, restoring the habitat, water quality and fisheries of the rivers Wye and Usk.


It is the largest rivers' trust in England and Wales in terms of output and a leader in the field, developing new techniques and delivering improvements for the aquatic environment, read its website.

"Many of you will have known Patrick for his passion for our rivers and responsible land management," said a spokesperson from the foundation.

"His enthusiasm is beautifully captured in a short video where he shares how he worked to deliver the most for his soils, water, and wildlife.

"He will be greatly missed."