New Chief Steward of Forest of Bowland announced

Michael Parkinson, Chief Steward of the Forest of Bowland.
Michael Parkinson, Chief Steward of the Forest of Bowland.
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Leading local surveyor Michael Parkinson – a recently retired partner at Clitheroe chartered surveyors and land agents Ingham and Yorke – is to become Chief Steward of the Forest of Bowland.

Mr Parkinson (66) is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and longstanding adviser to Lord Clitheroe and Sir Simon Towneley, who has been involved in Bowland affairs for more than 40 years.

He is being appointed to the role by the Lord of Bowland as part of a drive to promote Bowland and its distinctive identity.

Former Chief Stewards of the Forest – once known as Master Foresters – have included a duke, 16 knights, a baron and an earl. Mr Parkinson will be the first Chief Steward appointed since 1922.

Formerly Steward to the Honor of Clitheroe and currently Steward to the Manor of Slaidburn, Mr Parkinson said: “More than four decades spent as a land agent in Bowland have given me a unique insight into the Forest and its unique character. As Chief Steward I will be working hard to champion Bowland as one of England’s finest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

Mr Parkinson joined Ingham and Yorke of Clitheroe as an Assistant Land Agent from university in 1966. After qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor and Land Agent, he became a Partner in 1971. He retired as a partner in 2009 but remains a consultant to the firm.

He has been involved in managing the affairs of the Honor of Clitheroe and Lord Clitheroe’s other property interests, including Slaidburn, since the 1960s and is also a former director and vice-chairman of the Marsden Building Society and former chairman of Marsden Home Renovations Ltd and of Marsden Homes (Pendle) Ltd.

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