Sir David Attenborough receives Richmond's highest award
By Teddington People | Friday, March 28, 2014, 14:42
Sir David Attenborough received one of the highest honours a home borough can award at a special ceremony held this month.
Sir David Attenborough received one of the highest honours a borough can bestow last month at a special awards ceremony.
National treasure, Sir David, was presented with the Freedom of the Borough award in recognition of his dedicated work to natural history, film-making and his contribution to many local charities and organisations.
Despite having travelled the world, Sir David who has lived in Richmond for more than 60 years, described it as his favourite place on Earth in an interview with Time Out. The broadcaster added that his home borough was his top destination by a long way and that he preferred Richmond because of its climate and good music.
He said: "It is true that there is a question I am invariably asked, apart from my favourite animal, which is where is my favourite place on earth? They expect me to say the Great Plains of East Africa or Oriental charms of Bali, I give a one word answer: Richmond.
"This is the place for me. I don't have a cottage in the country or any other home. I've lived here for 63 years, when I come back home and look out of the aeroplane I can spot the Thames and Richmond Park and I can locate my house. The green spaces in which we lucky people live are unbelievable. It is a great honour to receive the Freedom of the Borough from a Council which has a marvellous record of raising awareness and looking after our countryside in Richmond."