Don Valley MP, Caroline Flint joined residents and volunteers this week at another “clean-up” session at Martinwells Lake. The volunteers erected additional benches around the lake and cleared litter.
Said Caroline: “I can’t praise the Friends of Martinwells Lake enough for what they have done. This old brick pond has been transformed in just two years. I have never seen so many people walking their dogs, cycling with children or fishing. This is beginning to be a place it was always intended and that is thanks to the Friends of Martinwells Lake.”
PICTURE SHOWS: Friends on the bench: front L to r Lynn Hopkinson, Caroline Flint, Margaret Adamson and Maureen Tennison; back Cllr Bob Johnson and Jim Hopkinson.
Ms Flint also praised Countryside Ranger, Dennis Roe. “This project has always been a partnership with Doncaster Council and without the support of Dennis Roe, his team and the former Neighbourhood Manager Trevor Heptinstall, this project would be nowhere near this far forward."
Said Caroline: “When I see the help Dennis gives to projects like this; the Don Gorge; the Conisbrough Mill-piece; and Edlington Pit Wood; I see someone devoted to helping local people appreciate and access the countryside on our doorsteps.”
The Friends of Martinwells Lake was formed in May 2009, and held its first clear-up in September 2009. In 2009, Caroline and her office staff adopted the project as their chosen voluntary activity and have actively supported the project with the help of Labour Party members ever since.
Friends together: the Friends of Martinwells Lake take a well-earned coffee break around one of the picnic tables they have installed.