Chiswick environmentalist awarded MBE in King’s Birthday Honours

Image above: Jacqui and David Shreeve

David Shreeve awarded honour for his contribution to environmental conservation

Chiswick resident and co-founder of The Conservation Foundation, David Shreeve, has been recognised for his contribution to environmental conservation in the King’s Birthday Honours. Mr. Shreeve, who also serves as an Environmental Adviser to the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, has been awarded an MBE for his services to the environment.

David has been at the forefront of environmental initiatives for several decades, having launched The Conservation Foundation in 1982 alongside the late Professor David Bellamy, a renowned figure in environmental campaigns and popular from TV programmes of the 1970s and ’80s.

Since its inception, The Conservation Foundation has spearheaded numerous programmes, projects and award schemes covering a wide range of environmental issues in collaboration with businesses, the media, prisons, trade associations, and other official bodies.

To commemorate the Foundation’s 40th anniversary, a significant collection of environmental books and publications amassed over the years have been presented to the University of Kent. David’s influential work also earned him a rare Lambeth Degree in 2003, recognising the profound impact he has had on the Church of England’s understanding of environmental issues. Recently, his collection of books on the environment and faith found a new home in the Lambeth Palace Library.

Shreeve praises King for unswerving record of environmentalism 

Expressing his gratitude for the recognition, David said:

“I have been very touched to discover the number of contacts and colleagues who have supported this honour. I am delighted that it has been one of the first given by our new King as he has been the one ‘constant’ throughout my environmental career.

“He wrote messages of support featured on two of the Foundation’s very first projects, and despite all the changes over the years, he remains totally committed to the cause – and that’s something I know is not always easy.”

The Conservation Foundation, which was established with the aim of ‘inspiring, enabling, and celebrating positive environmental action’, continues to thrive under David’s guidance.

The organisation manages a diverse range of environmental projects, award schemes, awareness campaigns, publications and events, catering to various audiences and addressing a broad spectrum of environmental concerns. Moreover, the Foundation serves as an incubator for budding environmental organisations, helping transform innovative ideas into tangible and fundable projects.

For more information about The Conservation Foundation and its initiatives, visit their website at