Meritorious medal for Margaret

Margaret Stainsby receives the Ponteland Town Council Meritorious Service Award from Mayor Robin Ramsay.

Margaret Stainsby receives the Ponteland Town Council Meritorious Service Award from Mayor Robin Ramsay.

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A WOMAN who heads a Ponteland conservation group has been recognised for her tireless work to improve a major community facility.

Friends of Ponteland Park (FOPP) was the brainchild of Margaret Stainsby. It was formed in 2005 and since then its members have added new attractions and cleared up some areas of the park.

The Chairman paid tribute to the volunteers when she received the Meritorious Service Award from Ponteland Town Council.

“I’m grateful to receive this award, but the work that FOPP has done is not just down to me by any means,” said Margaret.

“The committee has bonded together really well and we have produced some nice areas in the park which can be enjoyed by the community.

“Our projects involve plenty of hard work, but we enjoy it very much.”

A wildflower meadow, young people’s wood and Marie Curie Garden of Hope are among the attractions which have been created by members, with local residents and community groups also encouraged to take part in the activities.

Ponteland Mayor Robin Ramsay said: “Margaret has been a tower of strength in developing and improving the park and it gives me great pleasure to present her with the award.”

Earlier in the council’s annual meeting he praised the work of FOPP, saying that the facility has ‘benefited enormously’ with its involvement.

More than £100,000 was spent on the Ponteland Park by the authority in 2011/12.

Works included a new retaining wall and refurbished park entrances at Fox Covert Lane as well as substantial path improvements.