Store workers pitch in to paint at new park

Work on Sheps Park in Blenheim came a bit closer to completion on Wednesday last week when staff from Bunnings Warehouse put in about three hours of work painting a 50-metre stretch of boundary fence.

A team from Bunnings had also spent time two weeks earlier water-blasting the fence in preparation for the painting as well as supplying the equipment and paint.

"It's the Bunnings way to get involved with the community and go out and physically do projects rather than make donations," Bunnings activities and training team member Wendy Taylor said.

She and five Bunnings team members painted the fence.

Arborbank chairperson Keren Mitchell said the company had also supplied plants when a large planting working bee was undertaken at the park in August last year.

Arborbank is a funding agency for planting trees in Marlborough, and provided $5000 to get the project rolling. Arborbank has got alongside the Marlborough District Council in creating the park.

"It is really great of Bunnings to come out and do this work and give up valuable hours that the staff would have spent working in the store - we are really thankful," Keren said.

The council enlisted the skills of a designer from Christchurch to design the park, which will feature a cricket oval.

Work began five months ago with the planting working bee. In that project about 100 residents turned out to help in freezing conditions.

"I have grandkids who live down the road and they call this ‘their park', which is great because that is what we are wanting to do here; get the community to take ownership of the park," Keren said.

The land the park is on, in Severne St, was originally owned by Joy Shepard who bequeathed it in 2005 to be developed as a reserve under the management of the council.

The land is owned by the QEII National Trust.

The Marlborough Express