Boost for environmental boating drive

TV's Philippa Forrester steps on board, while Defra promises continued funding.

Television wildlife producer Philippa Forrester has been announced as an ambassador for The Green Blue, the environmental initiative by the Royal Yachting Association and the British Marine Federation.

And the news comes as Defra confirm that, after a successful first year, The Green Blue will continue to receive funding throughout 2006.

Forrester, pictured right with Green Blue boss Anna Wyse, agreed to become an ambassador for The Green Blue after embarking on her first ever sailing holiday with her family, as part of ITVÕs London Boat Show coverage.

She has a first class honours degree in Ecology and Conservation and spent 12 months working on a river while producing the BBC Natural World documentary My Halcyon River.

Forrester’s role will be to encourage recreational boaters and watersports enthusiasts to take more care of the environment, with particular emphasis on the inland waterways.

She said: “Wildlife and inland waterways are a huge part of my life and I wanted to offer my help to encourage boaters to become more aware of their boating environment and appreciate the wildlife around them.”

Other ambassadors for the project are round-the-world yachtsman Mike Golding and the family of acclaimed sailor Peter Blake, who was murdered three years ago while on an environmental mission.