Philip Simpson awarded Loder Cup

The awards just keep on coming for botanist and Project Crimson Trustee, Philip Simpson. Not long after accepting the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship, Philip was awarded the Loder Cup for 2009 – one of New Zealand’s highest conservation honours for his outstanding contribution to plant conservation.

The award was announced by Conservation Minister Tim Groser who is thoroughly impressed with what Philip has achieved.

“Dr Simpson has supported work with schools, landowners and community groups around New Zealand to protect and restore native plant life.

“This award acknowledges both his professional and personal dedication to conversation and is thoroughly deserved,” Mr Groser said.

Philip will be presented with the Loder Cup at a special ceremony later this year.

The cup was donated in 1926 by English botanist, Gerald Loder and is awarded each year by the Minister of Conservation for outstanding achievements in flora conservation.