Devizes gardening pair tended to green spaces without any pay (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Devizes gardening pair tended to green spaces without any pay
11:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
Two gardeners who keep the town looking good without being paid for it were recognised at last Thursday’s Devizes and Roundway in Bloom presentation evening.
Les Fielding from Massey Road and Quentin Kent from Roundway Park were the first people to win the gardening heroes award from the Devizes and Roundway in Bloom committee.
The awards were presented at the town hall by Mayor Pete Smith.
Committee member Marge Steel told the audience in the Assembly Room last Thursday how she had seen Mr Kent lovingly tend to the greensward in Roundway Park on his own initiative and without any intention of being paid for it.
She said: “These are the kind of people we need to cherish if we want to keep our town looking good. It is because of the work of people like Quentin that we have retained our gold award this year.”
Carole Berry, the town council’s direct services manager, lives on the Wayside Farm estate where Les Fielding, a retired senior fire officer, tends the grassed area on Marshall Road.
She said: “I have always driven past and admired how good it looks. I knew it hadn’t been mowed by Wiltshire Council so who was doing it was a bit of a mystery. Then one day when I was driving home I saw Mr Fielding tending to the area.
“I asked him his name. He looked a little taken aback but when I explained who I was he understood.”
Mr Fielding said: “I just saw something that needed doing, so I did it.”
Devizes and Roundway have retained their gold award in the South West in Bloom awards and also received a special judges’ trophy for the landscaping of Hillworth Park, part of a £1.5m refurbishment project.
Zena Robson, chairman of the Devizes and Roundway in Bloom committee, thanked all those who took part in the open gardens event, which took place on one of the few rainy days of this summer.
She said: “We will do it again next year and hope for better weather. Anyone who would like to take part can contact me through the town hall.”
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