One of the first items of business when councillors met in Burnley Town Hall this week was for the Mayor to award an official certificate of recognition to Mr Steven Pyecroft,
Steven has volunteered in Scott Park for the last three years. He began repairing and repainting benches in Scott Park together with other benches on Manchester Road and around Rosehill and some in Cliviger.
When the current programme of work to renovate Thompson Park got under way, Steven offered to help there as well. The overall programme, supported through National Lottery funding, includes the restoration of the Italian Garden, the Boathouse, and paddling pool.
Steven’s particular contribution will be very visible, and is sure to be noticed and appreciated by all park users. During the last year he has restored each and every one of the cast iron benches in the historic park. Each bench was stripped back to bare metal, fitted with new sustainably sourced timber and stainless steel fixings to ensure that the benches will last a long time.
In total, Steven has carefully restored and repainted over 70 benches in traditional green and red colours, and has helped in the design of arm rests which will aid infirm people. The paint was funded as part of the council’s commitment to make the borough more dementia friendly.
Councillor John Harbour, Burnley Council Executive Member with responsibility for the parks, said: “the contribution of volunteers in our borough’s parks is very much appreciated by residents. Whether they are helping maintain wooded areas, running activities through the Friends of Parks groups, or supervising tours of Towneley Hall, volunteers make a big difference. Steven’s achievement is really impressive. The benches look great. It was very fitting that the Mayor, Councillor Howard Baker, welcomed Steve into the full council meeting to present him with this award”.