Tributes have been paid to one of Ramblers Scotland’s vice-presidents, David Grosz, who sadly passed away last month after a period of ill health.
David was one of the leading figures in the Ramblers movement for more than two decades – holding roles including GB chairman, Ramblers Scotland convener and many local committee roles.
Our former director Dave Morris said: “David Grosz combined immense enthusiasm for the outdoors with a passionate devotion to voluntary effort and companionship, from leading walks to vigorous campaigning, all underpinned with organisational and advocacy skills.”
Current Ramblers Chair, Kate Ashbrook said "David made a significant contribution to Ramblers GB as well as to Ramblers Scotland. He believed deeply in our aims, and wanted walkers in England and Wales to experience the same freedoms which he helped to win in Scotland. He was tireless and thorough in his work for the Ramblers.
After the round-Britain Jubilee walk in 1985, to mark the Ramblers’ 50th birthday, David felt strongly that there should be a legacy. He researched and wrote a booklet, with lessons learnt for anyone who might organise such an event in future. He never let Ramblers GB forgot the role and standing of Ramblers Scotland, but always did so in the nicest way."
David was instrumental in efforts to secure access rights, including the campaign that led to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.
He was also energetically involved in other campaigns, including successfully battling to stop the expansion of a firing range in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh – and the efforts to see Scottish national parks legislation introduced at Holyrood.
Dave Morris added: “In later years, as ill-health slowly consumed him, David's flame was undimmed, and he engaged in discussion and debate to his last day.
"He was an outstanding champion of everything the Ramblers stands for and an irreplaceable example to us all."