Obituary: John Green MBE

John Green of Calamansac passed away on 4 May 2014.

Born in London into a family of architects, John moved to Burnham Overy, north Norfolk, in 1939. He left school early, and after working on a farm in Shropshire and undertaking a Nuffield farming scholarship in 1949, he moved to AH Worth, farming company, in Lincolnshire. In 1964 he married Margaret Dixon (née Pryor) and gained two much-loved stepsons.

In 1966 the family moved to Ely, where John and his brother Andrew formed a farming partnership, Greens of Soham. Greens still flourishes and the business now incorporates substantial farming operations in central Europe.

In 1995, he and Margaret moved to the Helford River and the woods and gardens of Calamansac. He had visited Calamansac as a child and then, after marrying Margaret, every summer was spent holidaying on the river.

Inspired by his own experiences as a child and their unique location on the shores of the Helford, he established the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, a charitable trust for local primary school children to learn to sail singlehandedly and enjoy the resulting freedom and confidence.  For this he was made MBE and his extraordinary enthusiasm and energy continue to be an inspiration.

John and Margaret’s house Calamansac, on the Helford River, has extensive gardens and woods and these were John’s great pleasure and passion. A long standing member of the CGT he will be very much missed.