Reward for Peter's dedication to country park
A love of Boston's Witham Way Country Park has seen Peter DesForges rewarded with the Robert Lauberts Environmental and Community Award.
Peter is only the second winner of the coveted trophy, presented to him by the late Rob Lauberts' widow, Rachel at the finish of the Boston in Bloom judging tour at Fydell House.
Rob, who was a tireless supporter of Boston in Bloom, died in 2015 after a short battle with cancer.
He worked alongside Rachel on improvements to Boston, especially the revamp of Custom House Quay and the garden at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex. He was also the enthusiastic chairman of Main Ridge East Placecheck Group, secretary of Boston Greenscapers, chairman of Boston Big Local Boosting Local Economy Group and chairman of Boston Community Forum. He was driven in his volunteering efforts by a passion to make Boston a better place to live.
Presenting the cup Rachel recalled how Peter had founded the Friends of Witham Country Park in 2001, as a response to unusable weed-infested park benches.
She said he had devoted the past 16 years to the park, helping improve it for everyone and becoming the founder member of the Friends of Witham Way Country Park.
Rachel added: "Over the years Peter and the Friends Group have worked with Ground Work Lincolnshire and Sustrans Charity to develop the park and make it accessible for all. Creating new habitats to attract insects, butterflies, birds and small mammals, it is now a haven for wildlife and in 2012 the Witham Way Country Park became a designated Local Nature reserve, and also became part of the Boston in Bloom judging route.
"Peter secures sponsorship from local businesses and his passion for the park has never diminished. In partnership with Boston Borough Council Peter and his Friends group have continued to maintain the park and have now developed a five-year management plan
"The park now attracts hundreds of visitors and users each week and has become an oasis for both residents and visitors alike".
Last year, Rodney Bowles was the inaugural winner, receiving recognition for his commitment to "making Boston a better place to live, work and play".