Donington villagers thank volunteer Steve Pulfer for looking after Matthew Flinders Park
Villagers have thanked a volunteer warden who has kept a popular park tidy for many years.
Steve Pulfer has been a familiar face around the Matthew Flinders Park in Donington by litter picking.
But Steve (58) has hung up his litter picker for the final time over the weekend as he is moving away from the village.
Donington Parish Council along with members of IDEA (Improving the Donington Environment for All) have thanked Steve for his efforts in keeping the park looking good during a farewell presentation over the weekend.
Mr Pulfer, who is moving to Holbeach, said: “The park is a wonderful place for people and we try to keep it really tidy and inviting for people.”
Peter Lorimer, IDEA committee member, has praised Steve for his hard work.
He said: “Steve has kept on top of the litter and he has been eyes on the ground for those that can’t be in here all the time.
“People like Steve play important roles in voluntary organisations. Everything undertaken by IDEA has been done by volunteers and we couldn’t do what we do without people like Steve.”
Coun Gill Lunn, who is a parish councillor and IDEA committee member said: “People say the park is the jewel in Donington’s crown and Steve has been fantastic. Even on his last morning, he has been litter picking. He is so dedicated.”
Mr Pulfer is usually out litter picking in the park first thing in the morning if the weather permits.
He was inspired to become involved with caring for the park many years ago.
Mr Pulfer said: “When the park was first created, we did have a problem with vandalism and general untidiness. I could see that maybe IDEA could do with a hand so I volunteered my services as a park warden.
“I spoke to a lady recently who told me how lovely the park is. Comments like this show that we are making a difference.
“The highlight of my time is knowing that what I have done here is appreciated and that I am a valued member of the team of volunteers who keep the park in good order for everyone.”
Mr Pulfer has been presented with a Karcher window vaccum as a thank you for his work.
South Holland district councillor Jane King has also paid tribute to Mr Pulfer and is hoping more people will volunteer in the village.
She said: “Without volunteers like Steve we would not get a lot of the projects in the village sorted.”
l If you would like to volunteer with IDEA please visit its Facebook page.