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Keeping Surfleet park going is a tribute to mum




Gaynor Fiske (fourth from left) and volunteers spent eight Sundays re-painting the fence for the children's play area at Glen Park in Surfleet. (SG100218-108TW)
Gaynor Fiske (fourth from left) and volunteers spent eight Sundays re-painting the fence for the children's play area at Glen Park in Surfleet. (SG100218-108TW)

A team of big-hearted volunteers have been hard at work helping to keep Surfleet’s Glen Park in good condition for future generations.

In tribute to her mum, who loved the park, resident Gaynor Fiske has given up hours of her time, along with helpers to maintain the children’s play area, park and tidy up the sensory and memory garden.

Gaynor's mum Margaret loved the park and keeping it open is a tribute to her. (SG100218-103TW).
Gaynor's mum Margaret loved the park and keeping it open is a tribute to her. (SG100218-103TW).

When her mum Margaret Hodkinson died in 2015, people gave donations at her funeral towards helping keep the park going.

And at Gaynor’s 25th wedding anniversary donations were given towards the park, instead of gifts, with £650 raised in total.

Gaynor said: “I was able to buy paint to re-do the fence around the children’s play area.

“We went out every Sunday over eight weeks and have been pulling up all the nettles that have been growing around the park.”

Gaynor with volunteers Steve Page, Ruby Page, her husband Ian Fiske, Chantelle Fiske (her daughter), Derek Hills, Elise Page and Sandra Hills. (SG100218-105TW).
Gaynor with volunteers Steve Page, Ruby Page, her husband Ian Fiske, Chantelle Fiske (her daughter), Derek Hills, Elise Page and Sandra Hills. (SG100218-105TW).

She has also been busy tidying up the sensory and memory garden by the hockey pitch, which had become overgrown.

She said: “I have planted new herbs, lavender, sage, rosemary and lemon; and a rhododendron in memory of mum.

“I also plan to put up a plaque in her memory.

“The garden is visited by a group who are blind every Wednesday and they were pleased to learn what we have been doing.”

The wall around the garden is crumbling but builder Richard Lampen has kindly offered to rebuild it free of charge.

And Gaynor and her volunteers have been out tidying up overgrowth around the park and have planted hundreds of daffodil, crocus and tulip bulbs in the woods and sensory garden.

“The play area also needs resurfacing and there is a green token scheme at Asda in Boston where people can choose to put their tokens towards the park,” Gaynor added.

“Depending on how much is raised we will be able to either put down new rubber surfacing which costs about £5,000 or resurface the whole area, which will cost around £25,000.

“We don’t want to see the park closed and anybody who wants to help support it with a bit of gardening or painting and join our group of volunteers can get in touch.

“The children call me the magic fairy. I don’t want a gold medal. I’m just helping in the background. “

The park is owned by Surfleet Play and Recreation Charity (SPARC) but upkeep costs are outstripping its income.

At a public meeting in November held by SPARC, residents supported a move,in theory, to raise the parish precept by £12 to help keep the park going.

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