Friends of Martinwells Lake: Caroline (third from left) and Elsie Butler (centre) join volunteers.
Caroline Flint joined the Friends of Martinwells Lake for the latest stage of the big clear up of the former brick-pond in Edlington, the scene of last summer’s attack on two boys, as residents redesign the area to make it open to the public.
Said Ms Flint: “The Friends of Martinwells Lake have a real can-do attitude. Nothing defeats them. This latest stage of the clear up is to restore the wide steps that lead to the lake, to improve the access. Today every small step was part of the bigger transformation of this area. It is a fantastic community project.”
Said Cllr Butler: “When it is finished, this lake will be a beautiful place for families, walkers and for fishing. Working the steps left people with a few aching backs, but their efforts today and other days have been magnificent.”
Said local resident Mo Cantrill: “Caroline and Elsie did a fantastic job. It was really appreciated by the group. I am delighted they have taken a real interest in the project. They really got stuck in. It wasn’t just a quick hello. I take my hat off to Caroline – she turns up in her casuals and gets as mucky as the rest of us.”
Eventually, campaigners hope the lake will be ideal for family picnics and fishing.
The next site clearance day is Saturday 17 April 9.30am-12.30pm. Sturdy footwear required. To volunteer to help Friends of Martinwells Lake contact DMBC Edlington Neighbourhood Team on 01302 736402.