John’s work on Droitwich pond nets him recognition - The Droitwich Standard

John’s work on Droitwich pond nets him recognition

Droitwich Editorial 7th Aug, 2014 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016   0

A DROITWICH volunteer has been given official recognition for the work he has done in maintaining the town’s Showell Pond.

John Cocker was handed the Wychavon Diamond Jubliee Community Recognition Award by Coun Richard Morris, Coun Ken Jennings and Coun Anne Taft.

When the pond was adopted by Wychavon in 2000, a number of residents, led by John, requested excess reed be cleared and a working party was set up to carry out the task.

John’s enthusiasm and motivational skills played a key role in getting local people to successfully complete the work and the same was done in 2010 when the pond’s vegetation levels were high again.

John and his wife organised all the volunteers and the council provided a skip and carried out the appropriate risk assessments and agreements.

John regularly tidies the pond, collecting litter, clearing weeds from the beach area and pruning shrubs and trees.

He also monitors the area and reports any issues to the council, such as last summer when the pond completely dried out, causing a problem for the resident moorhens.

Funds have been allocated by the council to have a machine excavate part of the pond to make it deeper, giving John more work to do with regard to the sorting of settling silt at the sides.

John’s citation praised him for ‘tackling the work with enthusiasm and diligence’.

Coun Richard Morris added: “’John has given great service in maintaining Showell Pond and area, he has ensured that it is a beautiful area to visit and more importantly enjoyed by a variety of wildlife, we wholeheartedly thank him.”

John is also the volunteer site representative at Droitwich Town Council’s allotments in Copcut Park.

He, with energetic professionalism, acts as a liaison between the authority and the Allotments Association with both existing and potential tenants.

And, in the spring of last year, he also organised a working party to clean up Copcut Park Allotments’ communal areas in his usual proficient and skilled way.

Droitwich Town Clerk Pam Craney said: “It is unusual in this day and age to find volunteers that are willing to assist with matters that are within the remit of a local authority, so often people feel that ‘the council’ should provide.

“John has an understanding and love for his community and a willingness to support with his expertise which is outstanding and so willingly given.”


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